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In the wildly virtualized world we live in today, we're faced with a barrage of softwares, technologies and solutions. Sometimes, the amount of services available makes it difficult to choose just one. This can be even more difficult with the flood of acronyms in the tech world. Let's go over a few.
To define what DaaS is, we must first examine VDI...
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, or VDI, is widely used by many healthcare organizations, educational facilities and businesses. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure essentially is what users are logging into rather than actual desktop computers to perform necessary functions for their occupation.
DaaS is a form of VDI.
Desktop as a Service, or DaaS, is a type of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure which is outsourced to be provided and handled by a third party. At a high level, DaaS bundles the various services that you need to deliver a remote and virtual desktop to a user with minimal administrator involvement.
DaaS enables easy creation and generation of virtual desktops. The amount of virtual desktops your business requires may change, so the flexibility of DaaS makes this scaling simple. For example, if you have new employees coming on you can add virtual desktops with a few clicks. If you need fewer virtual desktops, then you can scale down this number easily as well. By implementing a DaaS solution that scales easily and quickly, you're future-proofing your business for growth while maintaining the option to scale down when necessary.
Desktop as a Service can help your users access virtual desktops with ease and minimal administrator involvement.
One of the major benefits of purchasing a cloud DaaS solution is a lot of the groundwork has already been done for you. You don't have to pay for initial desktop setup costs, which can save a lot of time and capital. Purchasing physical desktops at the beginning of a business venture can be expensive. With DaaS, you can avoid this entire initial cost while enjoying a high level of accessibility.
With Daas, there are connectivity benefits as well. Your users can enjoy the same level of service no matter where they are (hotel, corporate, home or on the road). This gives your employees accessibility to virtual desktops from anywhere making them effective more often.
DaaS can boost your ROI by:
When DaaS and VDI initially came about roughly 15 years ago, most using it felt it was much more cost efficient. However, today, we're not so sure it is. Yes, it can definitely boost your ROI, but it can also end up costing you a great deal per month if you're paying for the fastest possible service.
Also, with more connectivity comes more access. You're no longer dealing with a literal computer in a locked office, which is good for flexibility but challenging for security. Virtualized Desktops bring on security concerns that you might not otherwise encounter. For small businesses, DaaS can be helpful in avoiding initial costs, but have a high monthly rate. Making a decision all comes down to what's best for your specific situation.
DaaS can sometimes complicate your existing systems, like printing, so you'll need to make sure you have a solution that addresses print needs within VDI. It's important to find a solution that works with your existing systems rather than against them. At the end of the day, these solutions are meant to make your life easier.
At Tricerat, we’re experts in solving printing issues in Citrix, VMware, Microsoft WVD/RDS, workstation and server-free printing environments. So whether or not you decide to go with DaaS, Tricerat can ensure sound printing for the modern workspace. Tricerat's solution is environment agnostic and can take care of all your print management needs.
VDI has been around for a while and just keeps improving. The recent release of Windows Virtual Desktop, for instance, has pushed VDI tech forward. Check out this guide to learn more about cutting-edge VDI.