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Gigaom Research Reveals CapEx Savings, DR Efficiency and BYOD Computing Driving Adoption of Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS)

IndependenceIT, a leading software provider of simplified IT management solutions for application and DaaS delivery, today announced availability of a new report by Gigaom Research on cloud workspaces, available for free download. The report, titled The Business Rationale for Cloud Workspaces, reveals the desktop virtualization landscape, including desktop virtualization delivery models that include client-hosted virtual desktops, VDI, session-hosted desktops, and DaaS.

The report gives IT administrators an in-depth assessment of virtual desktop solutions and is based on interviews with platform vendors, service providers and enterprise customers conducted from June to October 2014. Additional information was gathered from interviews and survey responses gathered from a group of approximately 200 end-user computing decision-makers conducted annually from Q4 2010 to the present.

The “Business Rationale for Cloud Workspaces” cites key factors driving the adoption of desktop virtualization. These include:

  • Financial benefits: In common with many other cloud services, DaaS exchanges periodic capital equipment investment for frequent regular operating expenses, while simplifying chargeback of services to individual business units.
  • BYOD programs: Programs supporting and/or encouraging employees looking to use their own computers for work have proven to be exceedingly popular with employees and employers alike.
  • Data security: Even with an increased focus on cloud data security issues following several high - profile security breaches, VDI and DaaS offer significant advantages over distributed desktops.
  • Business agility: In conjunction with other cloud services is an opportunity to take advantage of rich APIs that provide automated service provisioning as part of core business processes such as new employee account setup.
  • Desktop management: Virtual desktops are based on shared virtual - disk images that enable patches and updates to be employed to a single base image and propagated across any number of virtual desktops in minutes.
  • Disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC): DaaS has significant advantages in DR and BC planning and implementation. Not only are DaaS services significantly less expensive than similar plans based on allocation of physical equipment, but with careful planning, standing up thousands of desktops in very short order is possible – far faster than would be possible with physical PCs.

In a survey conducted for this report, financial benefits were cited as the number one justification for considering DaaS. In a majority of cases, capital cost avoidance is the reason for selecting DaaS over VDI or a desktop hardware refresh from Windows XP end-of-life migration planning. When customers were confronted with the cost and complexity of migrating to Windows 7, they noted that “the move to DaaS was the lowest-cost, least-disruptive way forward1.”

“App and DaaS delivery enabled by IndependenceIT’s Cloud Workspace Suite® (CWS) provides important advantages for simplified IT management,” said Seth Bostock, CEO, IndependenceIT. “CWS automates and provides workflow for all solution components, making it the most simple solution to deploy and manage."

Accessing the Free Report

Parties interested in accessing the free report can download it at:

Published Wednesday, November 19, 2014 6:10 PM by David Marshall
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