By Guy Brandon, Managing Director, MBA IT
So, we’ve covered VDI challenges and considerations in the last few blogs, but what is DaaS or Desktop-as-a-Service and how do you differentiate between this and VDI?
How do you then decide on the right solution for your business?
Whilst VDI is hosted in a data centre, DaaS is hosted in the cloud. With DaaS, your IT department outsources virtual desktops to a cloud service provider. VDI and DaaS do however share many of the same benefits.
As DaaS is still fairly new, analysts have not followed DaaS closely enough to provide meaningful growth estimates, however, it is definitely gaining ground as a viable alternative to VDI. In a Forrester survey, 11% of IT Managers were planning a DaaS project in 2014, as opposed to 12% who were planning an onsite VDI solution. 12% were planning a DaaS project in a year or more, whilst 12% had plans to implement an onsite VDI solution in a year or more
VDI can be complex and often time to deploy is slow. Some VDI projects can take 6 to 9 months before they actually start scaling whereas a cloud hosted DaaS can do it in a month. Needless to say, each come with its own set of challenges. There is no simple answer nor is it easy to make sweeping statements about DaaS over VDI. Why? Each offering is dependent on the customer’s needs.
DaaS takes the infrastructure out of the IT departments hands as the third party provider takes care of the resource provisioning. And if your business already relies on web based applications, it can make sense to go for cloud hosted desktops. Without in-house VDI expertise, DaaS may be the best choice for your business as it will reduce pc costs and should in theory offer faster access due to the large cloud infrastructures which take advantage of economies of scale. In addition, cloud hosted desktops are easier to patch, upgrade and restore because they are not connected to your servers.
VDI however, gives your IT Department more control over the data and associated data security. Another consideration is VDI licensing which, as challenging as it is, is much clearer than that of DaaS.
MBA IT through its expertise in the both VDI and DaaS, can demystify any of the above mentioned features if they are a concern. As a leading London IT solutions and services partner, we don’t just take care of your IT Infrastructure – with a range of managed services to suit your business needs including a fully managed, outsourced IT service, we are able to deliver technology led business solutions through a defined consultative approach. We can also provide high level direction and expertise in the form of a Virtual IT Director.
MBA IT Technical Director, George Ralph says,
When faced with the decision of VDI vs DaaS, we take a consultative approach. We need to understand the user environment, the network environment, security, the storage infrastructure and the licensing estate. Perhaps a customer requires a pay as you grow DaaS service and not VDI? Without understanding the customer’s environment, we will not be able to make these sorts of judgement calls.
For more information or to discuss the merits of VDI over DaaS, contact us on 0845 0505622, visit http://www.mba-it.net or complete this contact form and we will call you.