Managed DaaS / VDI / RDS
Needless to say, a well-functioning desktop is a critical part of keeping an organisation productive. But there have been long standing challenges with managing the traditional desktop – hardware investment, refresh cycles, capital expenditure, lack of flexibility & mobility – the day-to-day management of these devices can be a huge time sink.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) was supposed to address many of these challenges, but it came with its own set of issues. While it has been promoted as a technology that can save businesses money, large upfront capital expenses and complexity have created barriers to virtual desktop adoption.
Remote Desktop Services (RDS), formerly Terminal Services, has been a popular desktop management option for many organisations. Although it is quite limited by virtue of being a shared system, there are still lots of good use cases for RDS and this is a technology that we will still recommend & deploy, depending on client requirements. RDS deployments offer scalability, centralisation & consistency across desktops. However, RDS lacks a lot of the power of a dedicated virtual desktop.
Enter DaaS: Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is a cloud service in which the back-end of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that we host and manage for you. You just say how many desktops you need & what applications you need and presto – you’re up and running.
DaaS solutions are secure, cost-effective, easy-to-use and portable – you can get the same desktop on any device. DaaS is a great option for a small or mid-size businesses (SMBs) that want to provide their end users with the advantages a virtual desktop infrastructure offers, without the cost & complexity of deploying an in-house VDI solution.
According to the 451 Research Group, “Interest in third-party DaaS is at a fever pitch.” IT consumerization, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiatives, increase in mobile workers, Windows 7 migrations and security/IP concerns are driving organizations to re-evaluate their desktop strategy.
- Interest in DaaS is at a fever pitch.451 Research Group