Server uptime scheduling is a feature of itopia’s Cloud Automation Stack (CAS) software platform that enables IT administrators to schedule when servers spin up or down according to business demand. For example, if your employees aren’t working on the weekends, you can schedule server resources to turn off during that time.
Cloud computing and automation are used to reduce the amount of manual overhead to manage IT infrastructure. Hardware is virtualized and workspace environments run directly from a data center, but provisioning and management is done using orchestration tools and automation tools like itopia CAS.
Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is Microsoft’s remote access software suite, which allows administrators to take control of and manage remote computers or virtual machines over a network connection. RDS makes Windows software and the entire desktop running RDS accessible to a remote client machine that supports Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).
Virtual desktops are are desktops environments that are virtualized and abstracted from the physical devices on which they are executed. Virtual desktops can be made available to users regardless of their location and on any supported device. The desktops are hosted in a centralized environment in an on-premises, cloud or hybrid data center.
Cloud computing platforms provide administrators with access to compute, storage and networking infrastructure through APIs. Administrators can configure and manage their cloud-based IT environments through a self-service management portal, while the cloud service provider maintains the underlying infrastructure.
Cloud automation provides tools and processes that reduce IT overhead by automating the orchestration and management of cloud resources. By using cloud automation, administrators can eliminate much of the manual labor involved with deploying and managing infrastructure configurations and desktop environments through a self-service portal .
Cloud management is the practice of deploying, maintaining, and securing data, applications and infrastructure in the cloud. This is done through software tools that enable companies to control their cloud environments remotely through a self-service, web-based management portal. With these, IT administrators can: deploy virtual machines, desktops and applications; manage and modify infrastructure resources; monitor performance; keep track of costs; manage users; enable APIs; set security policies; and, implement automation and orchestration.
Desktops-as-a-Service (DaaS) is a component of cloud computing where client desktops and applications are virtualized and hosted in a cloud data center. Traditional DaaS vendors offer DaaS as a managed service. DaaS 2.0 is powered by automated migration, orchestration and management software-only platforms—like itopia Cloud Automation Stack (CAS)—giving IT departments complete control over their DaaS environments hosted Google Cloud. DaaS enables companies to reduce costs, increase security and eliminate much of the manual labor required to manage complex, on-premises desktop virtualization and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments.
Cloud computing enables access to shared pools of infrastructure resources and other enhanced services over an Internet connection. Through orchestration and automation, cloud computing allows businesses to achieve economies of scale without having to invest in on-premises infrastructure and management.
Google Cloud is a suite of cloud services that allow businesses to utilize Google’s infrastructure including: storage, servers, network and other IT infrastructure. It also provides the ability for application developers to leverage tools like Kubernetes (container service), BigQuery for data analytics, BigTable for database services and artificial intelligence. Google Cloud is a major contender in the cloud services market along with AWS and Azure.