Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is a cloud computing product that enables businesses to deliver cloud-hosted virtual desktops from anywhere to any device. DaaS solutions provide a complete hosted desktop for applications and emails that are delivered securely over the web, and they are easy to purchase and manage, eliminating the need for IT maintenance software.
How does DaaS work?
DaaS is provided as a subscription service and is essentially multi-tenant. The back-end virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) infrastructure, including virtual machines running desktop operating systems, is hosted by third-party cloud providers. The DaaS provider then streams the virtual desktop to the customer's end-user device.
DaaS providers manage VDI deployment and maintenance, security, upgrades, data backup and storage. Customers can manage applications and desktop images. For organizations that don't want to invest and manage their own local VDI, DaaS is a good choice.
What is the difference between VDI and DaaS?
DaaS is VDI, but is hosted in the cloud. With VDI, organizations can deploy virtual desktops from their own on-premises data centers. The internal IT team is responsible for deploying virtual desktops and purchasing, managing, and upgrading infrastructure.
DaaS is essentially the same thing, but the infrastructure is cloud-based. Organizations subscribing to DaaS products do not need to manage their own hardware.
Why choose DaaS?
Employees want access to their work from anywhere on any device, and the company is looking for a low-cost, simple solution to securely deliver the applications and desktops needed to get the job done. Traditional PC environments face IT management challenges, such as resetting employee passwords, updating security patches and updates that affect user productivity and take up valuable time for IT administrators.
When many customers turned to virtualized applications and desktops, it was thought that complexity and capital investment led the industry to seek a simplified solution that worked within the operating expense structure.
DaaS may be a viable solution for customers like VDI's centralization and standardization, but it attracts the simplicity of having professional organizations perform basic desktop management on their behalf. DaaS offers IT many advantages by streamlining operations and securely delivering Windows desktops and applications to its employees.
The main advantages of DaaS:
Flexibility: No matter where you work, all employees and contractors can access their applications, desktops, and data from anywhere to maintain productivity.
Scalability: Quickly scale up and down based on your business needs (including mergers and acquisitions, staffing temporary workers during peak seasons, managing contractors (developers), or deploying branches).
Business continuity: You can stay up and running in the event of a natural disaster or any other unforeseen event without relying on hardware.
Cost control: Pay only on a monthly or annual subscription model. In addition, reduce capital expenditures and enjoy more predictable operating expenses.
Security: DaaS provides users with a secure access point and simplifies desktop and application management processes and procedures.