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Desktop as a Service (DaaS)

What is DaaS?

Desktop as a Service (DaaS) -sometimes referred to as Hosted/Managed Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) -is a cloud solution that replaces traditional desktop management. Virtual desktops are stored in the provider’s data center and accessed through a secure web portal. Instead of being tied to a physical, company-issued device with all of their applications and data, employees can access their desktops using any web-enabled devices of their choosing—PCs or Macs, tablets, smart phones, and more. This approach allows for simplified, unified desktop management and increased productivity and security, all without the immense CapExand maintenance costs required for an on-premises VDI solution.

Customer Example
A customer was running desktops on Windows XP, which would no longer be supported by Microsoft in 2015, posing serious security concerns. An upgrade would require more powerful desktops, meaning a large CapExinvestment. Instead, the customer implemented a DaaSsolution which allowed them to migrate to Windows 7 with one centralized upgrade, and leverage all their existing hardware. Moreover, the company’s data was now secure, since employee devices no longer contained critical information—desktops were stored in the cloud and accessed with a log-in and password. Many employees also enjoyed the benefits of using other devices such as Macs and tablets which they felt increased their productivity.

Why Consider It?

  • Due for device refresh
  • Desktop management pain
  • Bring your own device (BYOD) support
  • Windows XP end of support
  • Shrinking IT budget
  • Security concerns
  • Green initiatives

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