What is Desktop as a Service (DaaS)?
Desktop as a service (DaaS) is a cloud-based desktop virtualization service hosted by a third party enterprise. The third party cloud provider manages all back-end resources, such as desktop storage, compute, and networking, including the virtual cloud machines that run the desktop operating systems. The desktop as a service provider streams the virtual desktops to end-user devices, allowing any time, anywhere access to desktops and applications. DaaS is a multi-tenancy provider, and, like most cloud service offerings, subscription-based. Organizations can also deploy a desktop infrastructure in a private cloud in a local datacenter.
DaaS work is effectively virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that someone else hosts and manages.
The following are some of the relative advantages and disadvantages that can help you decide which desktop provider to use.
DaaS solutions over VDI:
- Easier to implement and administer than VDI; can be as simple as opening a browser on your desktop that supports html5. It doesn’t require a virtualization expert on staff.
- Deploy new desktops on-demand to meet end-user needs; no need to purchase additional hardware first.
- Get to see how it performs in full production capacity, under load, without a big financial outlay upfront.
- Pay only for what you use; no heavy upfront investment.
- Lower CapEx--no CapEx, actually. It’s all OpEx unless you choose to run your DaaS solution on-prem due to compliance issues.
- Releases in-house IT from managing the technology stack, freeing them to work on the virtual desktops, client work, or applications.
- Enables BYOD.
When selecting the best DaaS solution, there are a range of key considerations, such as where the solution is hosted, performance levels, scalability, security, and data location.
Desktop as a service is suited to use cases that are more seasonal or bursty, such as providing services to temporary employees, seasonal workers, and contractors; business continuity and disaster recovery; the rapid rollout of service providers and data centers after a merger or acquisition; and quickly provisioning new branch offices.
However, it’s not necessary to choose one or the other. These two approaches can complement each other. Some users prefer to have a DaaS overlay of their VDI deployment. For example, the DaaS market allows the user to modernize legacy applications with zero code refactoring. Not all legacy Windows apps perform well in a DaaS environment, due to latency or hardware requirements. By having both an on-prem and cloud-hosted option, you can cover more conditions and have a high-quality and secure cloud computing user experience.
Xi Frame is a cloud-hosted, cloud computing desktop virtualization delivery service that enables enterprises to deliver virtual apps and desktops from public clouds like AWS and Microsoft Azure on Windows 10. With full AHV support, Xi Frame can also deliver secure virtual desktops from Nutanix-powered private clouds. Frame provides a true multi-tenant hybrid experience by enabling organizations to deliver desktops from multiple clouds, but with a single console for seamless control and administration. This flexibility allows organizations to choose the best cloud environment for each VDI project and to optimize TCO, security, geographical reach, and third-party services. Frame is powerful enough to handle graphics intensive applications, with no clients or plugins required.