Desktop as a service (DaaS) is a cloud computing solution in which virtual computer infrastructure is contracted out to a mediator.
DaaS functionality relies on the virtual endpoint, which is a user-controlled session or consecrated machine that transforms on-demand cloud services for users and organizations. This is an efficient model in which the service provider manages all the back-end responsibilities that would normally be provided by application software.
DaaS advantages include:
- Easy platform migration
- Total cost reduction
- Minimized complexity
- Disaster recovery
- Uninterrupted connectivity
- Increased performance
- Data security
Which Types of Organizations Are Right for DaaS?
DaaS is typically best for organizations on the smaller and medium end of the spectrum that require quality IT services but lack the need and finances for a full-time systems administrator. i2k2 Networks provides DaaS with an average entry-level cost of about $7.25 per user per month, some companies will see significant savings, particularly in a BYOD scenario.
Scope of DaaS
Regardless of the outcome, there is a huge market for DaaS. “DaaS is here to stay for one simple reason: Servers and desktops have and always will have a symbiotic relationship. As servers moved to the cloud, desktops were sure to follow. Therefore, the Enterprise fought so hard to get VDI to work, because their ‘private cloud’ demanded it. But VDI doesn’t have the performance of DaaS. All servers will live in the cloud, private clouds will disappear, and the rise of DaaS will be in the inevitable result.
For now, and for the right organizations, DaaS provides a useful solution that potentially brings greater flexibility, ease of administration, and reduced costs.