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Elastic Desktop Service:What is Elastic Desktop Service (Enterprise Edition)?

Last Updated:Jun 17, 2024

Elastic Desktop Service (Enterprise Edition) is formerly known as Elastic Desktop Service (EDS), which is updated by integrating Alibaba Cloud Workspace technology. Elastic Desktop Service (Enterprise Edition) provides a desktop service that is secure, efficient, and easy to use in the cloud. You can use Elastic Desktop Service (Enterprise Edition) to quickly create and manage cloud computers and build a secure and flexible office system.

Why Elastic Desktop Service (Enterprise Edition)?

Elastic Desktop Service (Enterprise Edition) is a tool oriented to the digital economy. With this service, you can work and use various applications in the cloud anytime and anywhere. In addition, this service leverages Alibaba Cloud to unleash massive computing power and ensure comprehensive security of business and data. Elastic Desktop Service (Enterprise Edition) provides you with an easy-to-use, secure, and efficient office system built in cloud computers to deliver convenient and smooth working experience.

Benefits

  • Flexible configuration and billing: Elastic Desktop Service (Enterprise Edition) provides abundant cloud computers with different specifications of vCPUs and GPUs in multiple regions. You can access cloud computers from various types of Alibaba Cloud Workspace terminals. You can flexibly configure and quickly purchase cloud computers based on your business requirements. The cloud computers are immediately usable with a few clicks upon purchase.

  • Centralized management and efficient O&M: You can use the Alibaba Cloud Management Console to manage and maintain cloud computers and other resources in a centralized manner.

  • Easy network access and data protection: Cloud computers rely on powerful Alibaba Cloud infrastructure to ensure easy network access. Security gateways are used to isolate cloud computer networks from the Internet to ensure network security. Combined with a variety of security policies and audit features, the service provides fine-grained management of permissions and account systems to ensure auditable and traceable operations. This frees your worries about data security.

  • Integrated with enterprise Active Directory (AD) systems: Cloud computers can be connected to the verification systems of enterprises to provide enterprise-grade management capabilities. Cloud computers can communicate with each other across networks and regions. This helps manage multiple branches of enterprises in a centralized manner.

For more information, see Benefits and Common scenarios.

Comparison between Elastic Desktop Service (Enterprise Edition) and ECS

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Elastic Desktop Service (Enterprise Edition)

ECS

Definition

Elastic Desktop Service (Enterprise Edition) uses the Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) offering to provide desktop services in the cloud. With this service, you can work on the cloud with ease in a secure and efficient manner.

Elastic Compute Service (ECS) is a cloud computing service with high performance and is stable, reliable, and scalable based on the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering.

Scenario

  • Remote work

  • Multi-branch collaboration

  • Secure OA

  • Short-term usage

  • Graphic design

  • Real-time rendering for cloud games

  • Real-time rendering artificial intelligence (AI) for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications

  • Enterprise websites and lightweight web applications

  • Multimedia and high-concurrency applications or websites Startup websites that have low traffic and require only a low-configuration ECS instance to run web applications such as Apache and NGINX, host databases, and store files

  • Databases that have high I/O requirements, such as Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) and NoSQL databases

  • Applications or websites that may experience sharp traffic fluctuations, such as snatcher bots, coupon applications, e-commerce websites, and ticket-grabbing websites

  • Big data and real-time online and offline analysis

  • AI applications, such as applications of machine learning and deep learning

Support for hosting self-built websites on servers

No

Yes

Support for Internet access

Yes (You can access the Internet only from cloud computers.)

Yes

Security group control

  • Security group: Elastic Desktop Service (Enterprise Edition) allows you to configure a security group to control inbound and outbound traffic of cloud computers. This improves the network security of cloud computers.

  • Security group rule: A security group rule consists of attributes, such as the rule direction, priority, CIDR block, protocol type, port range, and authorization policy. For more information, see Configure a security group.

  • Rule direction: You can set the Rule Direction parameter to Inbound or Outbound to control inbound and outbound traffic of cloud computers.

    Note

    By default, cloud computers allow all outbound access requests. For inbound access requests, the following rules apply:

    • Cloud computers deny all inbound access requests from the Internet.

    • By default, cloud computers deny all inbound access requests from an enterprise private network. However, you can create inbound rules and add the rules to your security group to allow inbound access requests from specific IP addresses.

    • Inbound: controls whether to allow requests that are destined for cloud computers.

    • Outbound: controls whether to allow requests that originate from cloud computers.

  • Security group: A security group acts as a virtual firewall to control inbound and outbound traffic of ECS instances that are associated with the security group to improve security.

  • Security group rule: A security group rule consists of attributes, such as the access rule, priority, CIDR block, protocol type, port range, and authorization policy. For more information, see Overview.

  • Rule direction: You can set the Rule Direction parameter to Inbound or Outbound to control inbound and outbound access to the ECS instances.

    Note

    By default, ECS instances allow all outbound access requests.

    • Inbound: controls whether to allow requests that are destined to ECS instances.

    • Outbound: controls whether to allow requests that are originated from ECS instances.