What is Desktop as a Service (DaaS)?

Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is delivered as a cloud computing solution and involves third party outsourcing and handling of desktop infrastructure. It is also known as hosted desktop service where the service provider is supposed to handle storage, security, and backup of user’s data. Desktop as a Service provider also provides upgrades and supportive applications for smooth functioning of the desktop infrastructure. Attributes of Desktop as a Service entirely depend on the virtual desktop that enables a user controlled session or a dedicated instance to transform on-demand cloud based services for enterprises.

Desktop as a Service can be used for effective management of variety of computer resources. DaaS enables management of laptops, handheld devices, thin clients, and desktops. DaaS also facilitates ease of platform migration, total cost reduction, data security and offers uninterrupted connectivity. Organizations can improve productivity by minimizing complexity with help of Desktop as a Service.

Virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) offered by DaaS is hosted by a third party cloud service provider, usually on a recurring subscription basis. DaaS helps organizations reduce need to purchase, manage, and maintain a plethora of component intensive physical machines. Such legacy desktops can be suitable for local processing of information. DaaS is becoming increasingly popular for the operations that do not involve local processing. It leverages a multi tenant architecture that facilitates delivering a single instance of an application to several users. DaaS has an excellent ability to enhance data security and instant provisioning of desktop.

Desktop as a Service is useful mainly for small and medium sized enterprises. These organizations are able to acquire high end IT infrastructure without making huge investments for purchasing infrastructure of data center and so forth. It can be the most ideal resource for organizations that are propagating concept of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). DaaS is also a very profitable proposition for startups that can exploit the feature of scalability to their advantage.

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