Information Services Division


Specialist Cloud Desktops

Specialist Cloud Desktop is an enterprise end user computing platform for cloud PCs delivering dedicated specialist software.

A specialised requirement, such as GPU-intensive applications, can be met by a Specialist Cloud Desktop in an efficient and cost effective way. The cloud PCs will be based on desktop@UCL image. Simply choose the CPU, GPU, memory, and storage configuration that is best for each user. We can scale up or scale down on-demand, providing users with the resources they need, all without deploying and operating infrastructure. Our hosted desktop solutions run on the state-of-the-art Microsoft Azure server platform. To gain instant access to your hosted Windows desktop service, all you need is an internet connection.


The key benefits of Specialist Cloud Desktops:

  • High Speed – Quick Deployment
  • Efficiency and cost reduction
  • Scalability
  • Data Security
  • Back-up and restore data
  • Mobility

Cost and Options

TypeNV4as v4NC4as T4 v3NC8as T4 v3
CPUs4 vCPUs4 vCPUs8 vCPUs
GPU1/8th AMD Radeon Instinct MI25 GPU1 NVIDIA T4 GPU1 NVIDIA T4 GPU
Price (US $)212.48 / Month449.00 / Month642.45 / Month

The prices above are based on 100% uptime

4 options of availability / uptime for option 1 as an example:
- 8am – 8pm, Monday – Friday – US$56 (approx.)
- 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week – US$98 (approx.)
- 24 hours, Monday – Friday – US$140 (approx.)
- 24 hours, 7 days of week – US$212.48


To request this service please complete a self service request form. Please allow 2 weeks lead time after you have submitted your request.

Note: The self-service form to request a VM will require the customer to provide a PTA code for recharging.