Desktop as a Service (DaaS) provides a useful solution that can bring greater flexibility, ease of administration and cost savings to organizations. Is it any wonder that enterprises keep searching for ways to reduce the need for IT to maintain fleets of complex, component-heavy PCs when there are ways to offload and centralize so much of their maintenance and expense? Traditional desktop infrastructure, while by no means dead, grows increasingly less appealing for environments in which local processing is unnecessary. Virtualization has become the new frontier, and Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is gaining ground in this space.
DaaS offers a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that is hosted by a third-party cloud service provider and is typically based on a monthly subscription fee model. DaaS utilizes a multi-tenancy architecture, which means that a single instance of an application is served to multiple users, referred to as “tenants.” The service provider is responsible for managing the cloud and the underlying infrastructure, and the level of service can vary depending on company needs. Some companies may wish to have more control over their own security, for example.
The end result of this infrastructure is that users can access their data and applications from nearly any device, anywhere. It also provides increased data security, easier platform migration, improved disaster recovery, and new desktop provisioning in minutes instead of hours. DaaS also has the ability to help alleviate compliance issues and yield cost reductions for many organizations.