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Benefits of Using Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS)

Benefits of Using Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS)

Cloud Desktops 

Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) refers to a cloud-computing approach in which small and mid-size companies can outsource their virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to third party providers. The functionality of this solution heavily depends on the virtual desktop. Here, a dedicated machine or a user-controlled session performs services for individuals and organizations.

Some professionals refer to this service as hosted desktop service or virtual desktop. It enables the effective management of desktops, laptops, thin clients, handheld devices and other computer resources. Depending on the type of implementation, the approach can use remote execution or distributed execution.

On the same vein, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is defined as a shadow copy of a desktop. It contains the operating system of a computer, its applications, and documents. These resources are stored and executed from the cloud where users have the rights of access from any assigned device.

DaaS in the Public Cloud

In the public cloud, Desktop as a Service is a great alternative to traditional IT solutions. For this reason, you need to invest in it if you run a small organization on limited resources. It offers high levels of availability and performance.

The following are advantages of DaaS in the public cloud-

  • Easy migration from one platform to another
  • Reduction of total costs
  • Reduced complexity
  • Easy disaster recovery
  • Enhanced performance

If you want your services to be hosted on the public cloud, you can take advantage of several providers. Examples are HP Helion and Amazon Web Services. These provide hosting services around the globe. To optimize performance of your desktop services, insist on hosting in a data center near them.

The duration of provision ranges from a few minutes. Most software allows administrators to develop, manage and delete desktops for clients. Additionally, they can pool your infrastructure from a central dashboard.

Perhaps the most important feature of a Desktop as a Service solution is multi-tenancy. Just as the name suggests, you have the freedom to separate desktops for different customers. This is possible by registering new users and accounts.

DaaS in the Private Cloud

If you want to access desktops from any device with Internet connection, discover the importance of private cloud services. Users with tablets, smart phone, laptops and PCs can gain access.

However, you need to be firm on the login details in order to enhance security. While DaaS promises to keep your private data private, you have a responsibility as far as the login details are concerned.

To reduce the cost of hosted desktop solutions, you can take advantage of power plans. This means that the services will be ready for users when they need them. Desktops will be powered down when no user wants to gain access. This way, your users will never have to wait for hours to gain access.

The following are additional benefits.

  • Uninterrupted complexity
  • Reliability
  • Personalization
  • Security of data

You will have to pay the public cloud for the desktop usage services offered. The cost depends on the level of performance that you choose and the duration that your desktop runs. Usually, providers extend these services on a monthly subscription model.

Introduction to Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Virtual Desktop Access is a system where users can gain access to resources belonging to a corporate organization from anywhere, using any internet-connected device at any time. The changing of business demands and the struggle for companies to remain competitive brought about this phenomenon.

For example, Windows Desktop Virtualization allows users to access corporate information from any location with ease. Additionally, it guarantees the safety of data stored in the datacenter. This allows the efficient scaling of resources to meet the ever-evolving business needs.

Another advantage is the fact that data is never stored on users' devices. This eliminates the likelihood of losing data when these devices crush, are stolen or maliciously destroyed. The following are benefits of obtaining a Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) license:

  1. Applications and features can run on any device
  2. Choose from special deployment models depending on your needs
  3. Meet changing business needs by scaling up or down
  4. Provide user experience with applications similar to those running on local PC
  5. Maintain high compliance of data and resources

Ensure you obtain the strongest virtual desktop solutions to prevent a number of limitations. One common drawback is the fact that it is difficult to set up and manage printer drivers. Additionally, you can suffer from an increased downtime incase the network fails.

Another common disadvantage is the compromise of data associated with improper management of the network. Basic security risks can hurt a company if you do not seal minor security loopholes in your business. The complexity and high costs of obtaining a VDA license is another downside.

How DaaS Licensing Works

You will need a VDA license if your organization has various branches spread across various physical locations. Managers and users from individual branches can access data that is shared on the system. This minimizes the time and resources wasted when accessing information using conventional approaches.

The administrator of the system can assign login rights to a number of people. He can also monitor users to know who accesses the system at a particular time. Some VDA solutions prevent users from copying, deleting, or otherwise doctoring the records.

Got VDA? You're not done yet

If you have a virtual desktop license, you need to measure the efficiency of the system. Memory utilization, for example, is one metric that determines the efficiency. This refers to the virtual and physical memory that each machine uses.

In addition, a high rate of responsiveness is important. This refers to the time it takes for a user's query to yield result. This could range from a simple mouse click, keyboard command or search through the data center. The efficiency metrics may depend on the number of users that your desktop connects to as well as the type of network it uses.

Conclusion

If your business still transacts business in the traditional manner, it is time to invest in virtualization solutions. You can start the procedures by contacting Xangati, a leading provider of virtualization services at a competitive price. This way, you will introduce your managers, users and customers to an efficient IT system that eliminates most traditional drawbacks.

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About the Author

Kevin Patel is a Service Assurance Technology Analyst at Xangati. A self-proclaimed tech geek, with a passion for the ever-changing world of virtualized and hybrid-cloud environments, Kevin has a passion for dissecting tech topics such as virtualization, data center migration, storage, networking and cloud. On his days off, he can be found watching sci-fi movies, rock climbing or volunteering.

Published Friday, March 04, 2016 7:50 AM by David Marshall
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