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UK hosted desktop cloud providers

Hosted desktops can add flexibility for workers, especially in a mobile, remote-office world. Thin client technology enables more desktop hosting, and document collaboration and mobile access add appeal for businesses considering cloud options.

Nasstar
Phone: 020 7148 5000
Nasstar provides hosted desktops for customers to work anywhere, including from mobile devices. That includes business applications, archived data and tools for emails, documents, and others. Company files, personal documents and other data can all be accessed through a secure Internet site. The site looks like a Windows 7 desktop, and the service works with other software and Software as a Service (SaaS) products. All data is delivered from a secure data centres.
Also find Nasstar in Managed services cloud providers.

ThinkGrid
Phone: 020 3393 7320
ThinkGrid offers hosted desktop computers with existing PCs, laptops or thin clients. Their secure data centres contain all the software and data needed to run desktop computers remotely. Users log in via a secure Internet connection. There are workgroup features included for collaboration, and hosted virtual desktops can be activated quickly and changed later.
Also find ThinkGrid in Managed services cloud providers.

Vodafone
Phone: 44 01635 33251
Mobile provider Vodafone offers integrated office, mobile voice and data services, with several levels for business with fewer than 49 employees or 50 and more (public sector). They also provide productivity services like instant messaging and video conferencing, and machine-to-machine solutions. Backups of laptops and PCs are done with a centralised Web-based tool. Vodafone holds backups in mirrored data centres for added data security.
Also find Vodafone in Data backup and security cloud providers.

Christine Cignoli is a Boston-based technology writer/editor and a contributor to SearchVirtualDataCentre.co.UK.

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This was first published in November 2010

 

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