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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Customize a virtual desktop environment with applications that best support your business requirements

Please note: In September 2019, rates will change for some of the technology services provided by University IT.  To view the majority of our planned rate changes for services that are broadly available to our community, please visit this pageFor more information, please visit the rates section of our website.

The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure service (VDI) provides users with the virtual desktop environment and applications that best support their business requirements.

The VDI service team works with each client to develop a custom desktop image that includes required applications; all Essential Stanford Software (ESS); drivers for local peripherals (printers, scanners, etc.); and BigFix software for updating and patching the software. BigFix administrators have the option of continuing to manage their own devices in their BigFix zones. 

VDI provides significant cost savings through reduction in support costs. With VDI, you can order as many virtual desktops as you need, and connect to them from anywhere in the world.

Some examples of how clients can benefit from the VDI service include:

  • Secure access to shared resources, such as Public Access Terminals (PATs), digital kiosks, and lab machines
  • Dedicated, virtual, and secure desktop environments, with anytime, anywhere access.


  • Development and ongoing management of a "golden" desktop image that meets the client's business requirements. This image includes the OS, all required applications, and integration of the client's networked peripherals, such as printers, scanners, copiers, etc., into the VDI image during initial setup phase.
  • Ongoing management of the golden image with all necessary software changes and security patches, as per security best practices
  • Licenses for the operating system, Microsoft Office, and Stanford Essential Software are included in the service rate.

Designed for

Stanford faculty and staff


Clients must have their own local IT support or contract with University IT’s Computer Resource Consulting group (CRC) to provide desktop support.

Data security

The VDI service may be used with information of all risk classifications, as defined by the Information Security Office. Usage with Moderate and High Risk Data, such as Protected Health Information (PHI) or student records, must be consistent with Stanford University policy and all applicable regulatory requirements (e.g., HIPAA, FERPA).


Item Code Item Code Description MRC Description
VDIT1 VDI - Tier 1 (Standard) $45


VDIT2 VDI - Tier 2 (Advanced) $55 4 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 100 GB SSD HD
VDIT3 VDI - Tier 3 (Enterprise) $75 4 CPU, 16 GB RAM, 150 GB SSD HD

The Item Code appears on the monthly billing statement and defines the service tier. MRC is Monthly Recurring Charge.

Get help

To get help, submit a Help request.

Support is provided during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For after hours support (including weekends), please call 725-HELP (4357).

Last modified June 25, 2019