itopia Glossary

App Virtualization

App virtualization is a technology that encapsulates an application from the underlying operating system on which it is executed. The applications or any files are not installed on the local device, although they behave like they are.

Cloud Automation

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 Computing

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.

Cloud Desktops

Cloud desktops (aka hosted desktops) are virtualized desktop environments hosted in a cloud data center. Users can access their desktops over an internet connection and through a connection broker. Windows-based cloud desktops can be accessed through Remote Desktop Services.

Cloud Management

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 […]


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 […]

Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery is a set of policies, tools and procedures to enable the recovery of critical IT resources and data in case of an unforeseen natural or human-induced disruption. Disaster recovery is a subset of business continuity.

Google Cloud

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 […]

Google Cloud-Based Desktops

Google Cloud-based desktops run on Google’s infrastructure and data centers and offer a more affordable alternative to on-premises data centers. They can be directly managed with itopia’s end-to-end DaaS automation, migration and orchestration software platform, CAS.

Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

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).

Server Uptime Scheduling

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 […]

Virtual desktops

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 […]

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