VDI vs DaaS: Why cloud is winning?

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Managing legacy desktops is often a daunting and painful task. PCs and laptops will require updates, patches and malware scans for security and maintenance. There are other issues, including users inadvertently deleting data and corrupting files. Then, there is a rapidly growing mobile workforce using a wide range of devices, making it extremely difficult for IT administrators to provide people access to systems and applications when they need it.

Cloud-hosted desktops, known as Desktop as a Service (DaaS), becomes a viable technological solution for businesses that are looking at cutting down cost and complexity associated with managing and maintaining desktops. In this blog, we look at the benefits of DaaS and how it differs from Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

Being a relatively new technological solution, many people assume that DaaS is very different from VDI. While the fine detail may differ, DaaS and VDI use essentially the same technology and both make desktop management simpler and flexible. However, DaaS scores over VDI in terms of improved efficiencies, cheaper implementation, and easier management. In that way, DaaS is VDI hosted on the cloud with added benefits.

DaaS approach allows businesses to outsource desktop to a cloud service provider. As the cloud provider takes care of resource allocation, network issues, and load balancing, organizations will be free from the burden of managing back-end infrastructure. DaaS makes it possible to customize desktops for groups of employees engaged in specific job levels or functions. DaaS is a faster option compared to VDI as it is not behind a firewall

With the market environment becoming highly competitive, any potentially beneficial technological solution that can bring down cost and improve efficiency will help businesses gain an upper hand over their competitors. It is exactly this consideration that has triggered businesses to adopt Desktop as a service (DaaS) approach. It is the right choice for organizations that are dependent on web-based applications.

Cloud-hosted desktops are easier to move, patch and upgrade as they are not connected to servers in your data center. DaaS thereby relieves the burden of managing physical servers and related storage and networking associated with an on-premise VDI deployment.

Perhaps, the biggest change DaaS has brought in is cultural. This is something that would never have been possible with just VDI. In an organizational environment, where bring your own device (BYOD), is increasingly becoming the norm, DaaS has helped IT departments to embrace these devices and develop new ways to secure enterprise data. This is a major shift from the historical tradition of IT department owning, provisioning, installing, updating, and managing individual devices such as corporate PCs and mobile devices.

DaaS is also gaining traction among companies to remote manage contract workers in various different locations. Unlike VDI, cloud-hosted desktops can be presented to workers with the needed tools and access options to the required data. This flexibility and customization offered by DaaS can also help government agencies to work together to deliver better public services.

Desktop as a Service is better suited for disaster recovery compared to VDI. DaaS makes it possible for organizations to replicate their databases and servers in the cloud. These can be restored and operationalized within a certain number of hours.

DoubleHorn, along with its strategic partner NaviSite offers cloud-based virtual desktop solutions delivered through a Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) model, which can help enterprises address the challenges of desktop administration and management. DaaS cloud desktop services offer enhanced flexibility and control over resource provisioning and end-user. DoubleHorn and NaviSite are also offering a complimentary Cloud trial for the customers to test Cloud for their business. Contact us at solutions@doublehorn.com (or) 855-61-VOICE (86423) for more information.

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