Paying only for what you consume is the principle of the “paper use” model. Pretty good, right?
Well, it’s the model on which technologies such as IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (platform as a service) are based, but also and this is the one that will interest us in this article DaaS (Desktop As A Service).
Focus on DaaS: DaaS is a cloud solution offering a virtual desktop system. The infrastructure is hosted in the cloud and users access it as a service on a run-of-river basis and according to their needs.
The advantages of such a solution….
The user can access his desktop interface at any time and from any place.
The office as a service (DaaS) also allows you to save time on the maintenance of an IT infrastructure that is sometimes complex to maintain and secure.
There are some disadvantages, however….
First disadvantage: the DaaS requires an internet connection. Indeed, without the Internet, the user will not be able to access his applications and data. Ditto, for heavy software, a very good connection will be required. Forget DTP software if your users do not have a broadband connection.
Similarly, the possibilities for customizing the user workstation are quite limited through a pre-packaged DaaS solution.
If you would like more information on the advantages and disadvantages, I invite you to read the article: Light on DaaS.
In general, companies that sell DaaS create their own solution or use an external service provider through licenses or partnerships.
According to an IDC survey, 25% of the companies surveyed said they were interested in DaaS solutions.
So, what solutions are on the market today? What are their advantages and disadvantages?
Amazon AWS Workspace
A pioneer in the cloud computing market, Amazon launched its DaaS offer on March 3, 2006. Amazon is the leader in the cloud market with a 34% market share in 2017.
But what is its Workspace offer worth? First of all, let’s start with the price, it varies according to your needs as well as the defined location (where the Virtual PCs will be hosted). The DaaS Amazon Web Service offer ranges from €18 per month / post to €128 / month / post.
Three offers are available:
- An offer under Linux
- An offer under Windows with license included
- An offer under Windows using a license you already own
Several geographical areas are also available for hosting your DaaS:
- Eastern America (Northern Virginia)
- Western America (Oregon)
- South America (Sao Paulo)
- The European Union (Ireland)
- The European Union (Frankfurt)
- The European Union (London)
- Asia-Pacific (Sydney)
- Asia-Pacific (Tokyo)
- Asia-Pacific (Singapore)
- Asia-Pacific (Seoul)
- Canada (Central)
These possibilities can increase or decrease the price. This solution has many advantages for students or individual employees.
- Used by 80% of CAC 40 companies according to Amazon’s CTO
- Wide and complete offer that allows you to adapt to your budget and your needs
- Available on several platforms
- Amazon uses its own technology
- Costs can quickly skyrocket
- The platform requires an adaptation time
This French company has been specializing in the Cloud since 1999, particularly with its hosting services. Unlike its competitors, OVH stands out for its many customizable and flexible offers according to the needs of its customers.
In addition, access and understanding of the available products is much easier for people with little knowledge in this field.
But what does OVH really offer? First, their offer is divided into two categories:
- Cloud Desktop: For students and auto-entrepreneurs
- Cloud Desktop Infrastructure: For large groups or TGE
For the “Cloud Desktop” offer, a monthly subscription is offered, which varies according to hardware and software needs. From 12.99€ for the cheapest version to 92.86€ for the most expensive version.
It should also be noted that OVH only offers Windows.
For the “Cloud Desktop Infrastructure” product, the price varies according to each aspect of your configuration.
Positive point? You have direct access to your configuration and final invoice. It is not necessary to go through an often insistent sales representative. Their offer is based on VMWare’s Horizon solution. VMWare licenses are directly included in the subscription. The only drawback regarding the service, OVH : it does not propose a trial period.
- Recognized French company
- Easily understandable offer
- Adaptable and flexible offer
- No trial period available
- Use another technology for their Cloud
- Only Windows is available
Company specialized in SaaS and DaaS which has been involved in outsourcing for many years. Its offer is divided into three distinct editions:
The standard offer and the evolution offer include a turnkey solution, including various office software (Office, Sage, Antivirus…) as well as the basic tools that can be found on a classic computer. What is the difference between these two offers? The standard works under Windows while the evolution works under a dedicated operating system that allows the installation of specific software.
The price is 29€ per month for the first offer and 32€ per month for the second.
The server solution costs 49€ per month and only comes in addition to allow the customer to become an administrator of his infrastructure. Citrix technology is used here.
But what else does Virtual Office bring to the other offers presented? An infrastructure simulator that allows you to visualize your needs and the costs involved.
No surprise to the invoice, moreover an evaluation version is also available. The only disadvantage of these solutions is that no offer is flexible, everything is structured.
- The infrastructure simulator, a real plus
- Evaluation version
- Structured offer
- The price
- Uses another technology
Windows Virtual Desktop
Microsoft recently embarked on DaaS to force the hand of companies that would still be running Windows 7. Their “Cloud Computing“, known under the Azure brand, has now been in existence for a few years and already offers PaaS and IaaS.
This American IT giant did not do half the job for its offer because it includes no less than 36 geographical areas available for hosting its workstations and more than a hundred choices concerning hardware / hardware.
In terms of price, there is an offer invoiced by the hour. It is therefore difficult to accurately anticipate the actual cost of the offer. Free access for 12 months is offered, which is quite interesting, allowing the project manager to judge the quality of the product.
This service is oriented towards large companies, which already have knowledge in this field.
- The geographical areas available for hosting
- Free access for 12 months
- Hourly invoicing
Citrix’s DaaS offer is known as “Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops” formerly known as “XenDesktop“. This company has been a giant in the cloud and virtualization industry for many years.
Citrix is a direct competitor of VMWare and also offers its services to other service providers through partnerships or its network of distributors. The solution has many advantages such as:
Instantaneous application launches since the session
The customizable Windows environment
Accessible local applications
SaaS software and virtualized solutions directly integrated into the start menu
USB, LPT, Webcam, Micro and printer devices that are very well supported.
As for the price, it is not indicated and it is only done on request via their website. This DaaS adopts many flexible and adaptable tools for small and large companies.
- Very good management of the Windows environment
- Rely on their own cloud infrastructure
- 90-day self-service trial version
- Technical offer reserved for specialists
- Rates not accessible
The number of DaaS solutions and suppliers is very large. New solutions are created every year. We could have presented other solutions such as: Cisco, Apps4Rent, dinCloud, Leostream, SolidFire…
Ultimately, the ideal solution will depend on your infrastructure, the needs of your users, your management, your project team and your budget.
IT must no longer be a source of slowdown or technical problems. DaaS is an innovative solution that meets the needs of certain mobile users or even the problem of teleworking.
Other solutions than DaaS exist to manage your infrastructures. Find our article on this subject.