Paying only for what you consume is the principle of the ‘pay per use’ model. Pretty good, right?
Well, it is the model on which technologies such as IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), SaaS (Software as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service) are based. There is also a further solution, DaaS (Desktop as a Service), and that is what we will be talking about in this article.
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-the mill basis and according to their needs.
What are the advantages of such a solution?
The user can access their desktop interface at any time and from any place, ensuring efficiency of remote working.
The Desktop as a Service (DaaS) allows you to drastically lower the TCO (total cost of ownership) thanks to significant energy saving and the removal of a hardware disk. You can also save time on the maintenance of an IT infrastructure that is sometimes complex to manage. Finally, the scalability and implementation are time efficient given that in just minutes you can deploy new applications and corrective patches.
There are some disadvantages, however…
Firstly, the DaaS requires an internet connection. In fact, without it the user will not be able to access their applications and data. In addition, for extensive software a very good connection will be required. Forget DTP softwares if your users do not have a broadband connection. Furthermore, the possibilities for customising the user workstation are quite limited through a pre-packaged DaaS solution.
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However, according to an IDC, DaaS contracts will have risen from one in every 100 prior to 2016, to one in every six or seven PCs between 2016 and 2020.
So, what are the DaaS solutions on the market today? What are their benefits and drawbacks?
Citrix’s DaaS offering is known as ‘Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard’. It was originally created to extend the functionalities of Windows’ Virtual Desktop. This company has dominated the cloud and virtualisation industry for many years.
Citrix is a direct competitor of VMware and offers its services to other service providers through its global strategic partners or its system integrators. The price goes from $8 USD to $16 USD per user/month according to your needs, the number of users and the chosen period of your subscription.
This solution offers many benefits to its customers. Firstly, it delivers a ready-to-go solution for remote working. You can even deploy virtual apps and desktops in very little time. Next, it offers a highly secure environment by providing innovative and efficient tools to protect your content. Finally, it facilitates BYOD management and remote work by furnishing ‘adaptive workspace intelligence that organises, guides and automates work’.
- The solution can be used on mobile devices (iOS, Android, and Windows).
- Great user experience with innovative workspace intelligence.
- Data highly secured.
- Very easy to scale and manage desktops in remote work.
- 90-day self-service trial version.
- Need for technical know-how to get started with the solution.
- Azure cloud dependency.
A pioneer in the cloud computing market, Amazon launched its DaaS offering on 3 March 2006.
Amazon offers its services to other service providers through its consulting and technology partners. Pricing varies according to your needs, as well as the defined location (where the virtual PCs will be hosted) but it varies from $42 USD to $80 USD per month. It is also possible to pay by the hour.
Amazon’s strength is its developer centre, gathering a powerful community made up of developers and architects.
- 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 in 13 countries
- Available across platforms (mobile, desktop, tablets).
- Amazon uses its own technology.
- Costs can quickly skyrocket.
- The platform requires an adaptation time and technological knowledge.
- Video and audio are not optimal.
Windows Virtual Desktop
The American IT giant launched its DaaS offer in September 2018 to offer simplified management, a multi-session Windows 10 experience, optimisations for Office 365 ProPlus and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services and applications. It is orientated towards large companies which already have knowledge in this field.
Microsoft offers its services to other service providers through its Azure advanced specialisation partners and its Azure expert managed service providers. The price varies according to your needs, the support you require, the licensing programme, as well as the defined location (where the virtual PCs will be hosted). You can request an estimate directly from their website.
- Deliver Windows 10 on any device, anywhere (36 geographical areas available).
- Install and scale in minutes.
- Reduce cost using existing licenses.
- Highly secured solution, detecting threats rapidly.
- Free access for 12 months.
- Azure cloud dependency.
- Need for a dimensioned and available WAN link.
- Complexity of the environment and need for regularly trained teams.
- Interconnection with existing complex architecture.
- Significant and hidden cost.
- Sizing complexity.
- Display offset.
There are a huge number of DaaS solutions and suppliers, with new solutions being created every year. We could have presented other solutions such as Apps4Rent and dinCloud to show just a few of the options.
Ultimately, the ideal solution will depend on your infrastructure, the needs of your users, your management, your expertise, and your budget.
IT must no longer be a source of slowdown or technical problems but must enhance the work of collaborators. DaaS is an innovative solution that meets the needs of certain mobile users or remote work.
Other solutions exist to manage your infrastructures. Read our article on the subject.