In today's fast-paced and ever-evolving business landscape, virtual desktop solutions have become a game-changer for organizations seeking enhanced flexibility, cost savings, and improved productivity. Summit Hosting's Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is a cutting-edge subscription-based offering that brings the power of virtual desktops to businesses of all sizes. Within the DaaS ecosystem, two powerful varieties, RDSH and VDI, stand out as versatile solutions. In this blog post, we will delve into the differences between RDSH and VDI, helping you make an informed decision about which option aligns best with your business requirements.

RDSH: Efficient Resource Utilization for Small to Medium Workloads

Remote Desktop Session Hosts (RDSH), also known as Terminal Servers, form the foundation of Summit Hosting's DaaS-RDSH. This streamlined solution caters to small businesses seeking anytime/anywhere access to their essential software. If you're looking for a cost-effective and efficient option for a limited number of users (up to 20), DaaS-RDSH offers the perfect blend of mobility, security, and enterprise-level tools.

RDSH at a Glance

RDSH is a cloud computing model that empowers businesses to access virtual desktops and applications from anywhere, at any time, using any device with an internet connection. Summit Hosting takes care of hosting and managing the entire virtual desktop infrastructure, allowing you to focus on your core business without IT infrastructure worries.

The Advantages of RDSH

  • Resource Efficiency: With RDSH, multiple users share the same server resources, which translates to cost savings and reduced hardware requirements.
  • Mobility and Flexibility: Access your virtual desktops and applications from any location, on any device, providing increased productivity and flexibility for your team.
  • Security: RDSH comes equipped with robust built-in security features, including encryption, multi-factor authentication, and access controls, ensuring the safety of your sensitive data.
  • Scalability: As your business grows, DaaS-RDSH allows easy scaling by adding or removing users and resources without costly hardware upgrades.
  • High Availability: Experience uninterrupted operations with DaaS-RDSH's reliable disaster recovery and business continuity features.

VDI: Tailored Personalization and Unparalleled Control

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) serves as another compelling variant within Summit's DaaS ecosystem. VDI delivers a personalized experience to each user with dedicated virtual machines, providing superior control and customization options. If your business demands a more tailored approach to virtual desktops or requires support for high-demanding workloads, VDI is the perfect solution.

VDI at a Glance

VDI provides individual users with dedicated virtual machines, offering personalized environments with custom configurations and applications.

The Advantages of VDI

  • Personalization: Each user gets their own dedicated virtual machine, allowing customization of virtual desktops and applications to match individual preferences.
  • Control: VDI empowers businesses to have granular control over virtual desktops, applications, and configurations, making it ideal for industries with demanding workloads.
  • High-performance: VDI excels at handling resource-intensive tasks, making it perfect for graphic design, engineering, and software development environments.
  • Workload Support: For businesses with high-demanding workloads, VDI is designed to deliver exceptional performance and reliability.
  • Cost vs. Customization: While VDI may have higher per-user costs, it provides unparalleled control and customization capabilities to meet your exact business needs.

Comparing RDSH and VDI

  Remote Desktop Session Hosts (RDSH)  Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) 
Key Benefits  Efficient resource utilization and cost savings Personalized experience and greater control
Ideal for  Businesses with less demanding workloads Businesses with more demanding workloads
Use Cases  General office use, general classrooms Graphic design, engineering, and classrooms requiring GPU (graphic processing units)
Hardware Requirements  Lower hardware requirements allowing for reduced costs Higher hardware requirements which increases the cost
Flexibility  Standardized environment with consistent experience More flexible environment with personalized experience
User Experience  Consistent access to the same set of applications and configurations Customizable and tailored virtual desktops
Workload Support  Good for low to medium workloads such as call centers and general office use Good for high-demanding workloads such as graphic design, engineering, and software development
Performance  Efficient resource utilization for low to medium workloads Higher performance and greater control for high-demanding workloads
Cost-effectiveness  Cost-effective solution for businesses with less demanding workloads Higher cost per user but greater control and customization for businesses with more demanding workloads


Summit's Desktop as a Service brings the power of virtual desktops to your fingertips, enabling seamless collaboration, enhanced security, and significant cost savings. Whether you opt for the efficient resource utilization of DaaS-RDSH or the personalized experience and control of DaaS-VDI, you're in safe hands with Summit's industry-leading solutions.

Ready to Take the Leap? Contact Summit Today!

If you're ready to embrace the future of virtual desktops or seeking more information about RDSH, VDI, or any of Summit's exceptional offerings, don't hesitate to reach out to us. Our team of experienced technicians and engineers is available 24/7/365 to ensure uninterrupted access and seamless operations for your business. To learn more about how Summit can revolutionize your workspace contact us today! Your business deserves a virtual desktop solution that aligns perfectly with its unique needs. Let Summit be your partner in this transformative journey.

Faisl Taher

This blogpost is Written by Faisl Taher. Faisl is a Marketing Manager at Summit. Faisl holds an MBA in Marketing Strategy. He's passionate about data analysis, consumer behavior, and marketing technology. Faisl is a lifelong learner who regularly keeps himself updated with the latest technologies and industry advancements. In his free time, he explores NYC's coffee scene and stays active through running.

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