When making a decision on the particular cloud platform to subscribe to either for enterprise and personal use, subscribers consider a lot of core platform features that will make it fun and easy to use. USB redirection is definitely one of them.
Users inability to access an important device like a USB printer, scanner, game controller, or other valuable USB peripheral from a cloud infrastructure running on their local machine, usually triggers the search for some workarounds.
If a cloud platform does not provide the USB pass-through support, a subscriber can resort to the help of third-party solutions like FlexiHub, USB over Ethernet, etc. The dedicated software is able to take any local USB peripheral right to the cloud over the network.
In this case a user needs to download additional USB device virtualization tools and install them on a computer. Frankly, this way is not that convenient for the end customer of a cloud platform, as it only complicates the use of the service. But what if a cloud infrastructure could offer support for USB redirection out of the box?
Well, integrating the USB Passthrough Technology into the core of a cloud infrastructure seems to be the best solution for both cloud services and their users.
That way, service providers will be able to help their customers by delivering the USB over Ethernet tech as a part of their platform, thereby eliminating the risk of losing potential subscribers looking for this particular functionality.
Users, in turn, get a wonderful opportunity to access any required USB device from the convenience of a cloud platform.
Here we mention some of the real-life use cases from our clients. They integrated the USB to Cloud technology into their services and confirmed a great experience. Their Cloud platform services became perfect solutions for USB peripherals passthrough: from an ordinary USB stick to a game controller.
Electronic Team’s USB over Ethernet Technology helps Paperspace redirect USB devices from user’s local computer to Paperspace’s virtual machines.
About company: Paperspace is a simple GPU cloud computing platform for individuals, startups, and enterprises. They offer a range of products powering everything from virtual desktops (VDI) to high-end workstations for animation studios to Machine Learning and web apps for startups, and even gaming rigs for individuals.
Paperspace major platforms: Cloud Desktop (VDI), Gaming, VFX, Machine Learning.
Key features of USB over Ethernet support added to Paperspace’s platform:
LiquidSky leveraged Electronic Team’s USB over Ethernet Technology in the redirection of gamers USB devices from host computers to their virtual computers (SkyComputers).
About company: LiquidSky developed what is considered the future of gaming by delivering the power of an ultra gaming PC and the convenience of console/mobile gaming to any device. Gamers around the globe can connect to any LiquidSky’s data center and play any game on Windows, Mac, Linux, or Android device.
Key features of USB redirection added to LiquidSky’s platform:
Scalable Graphics turned to USB over Ethernet Technology in their remote visualization solution.
About company: Scalable Graphics provides high performance cloud graphics middleware solutions that allows 3D or professional applications to be delivered on any internet connected device with high image fidelity and low latency.
Key features of USB over Ethernet added to Scalable Graphics platform:
Apart from the examples in this article, the technology can be deployed to solve other industrial specific USB redirection problems. To find out how you can deploy USB over Ethernet technology on your own platform, please contact our Cloud Technology Analyst.