DaaS, or Desktop as a Service, is a Cloud computing offer by which a company delivers workstations hosted in the Cloud. These workstations can be hosted on any device. Daas solutions are increasingly adopted for their practical and economic aspects. No software maintenance is required. Here is what you need to know about Daas.
What is the Daas?
The Daas is also called Office as a Service. It is a Cloud service in the same way as Paas and Saas. With the Daas, the customer can benefit from a virtual office infrastructure. A solution of this type makes it possible to virtualize a desktop. The infrastructure in question is a VDI, or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. This type of infrastructure is hosted on the Cloud.
The Desktop as a service should not be confused with the Data as a service, another Daas. It should also not be confused with the Device as a service. The latter implies access to data repositories in a data center. The Data as a service provides information processing. All have the same acronym but do not designate the same element. Here the Daas will refer only to the Desktop as a service.
How does Daas work?
The Daas can be used by several companies from a single installation. To take advantage of this service, companies must pay a subscription fee. The provider takes care of storage, data security, backup, computer resources and updates. The customer is responsible for the images, applications, software and security of the desktop itself. The supplier sometimes takes care of the latter.
The customer's personal data is mostly copied when logging in and out. Access to the virtual office is device-independent and can be done from any location. The client can therefore connect anywhere, whether on the move or in a fixed location.
The user is therefore able to access a VDI from anywhere. All that is required is an internet connection. Within a company, staff can access the office from a virtual interface.
Zoom and data security
The Daas has several advantages, including securing and backing up data. In the event of a problem, data can be easily recovered. The supplier can take care of restoring them. The customer does not need to create backups since everything is secure, whether it is applications, programs or security protocols.
The Daas also saves money. Work capacity is maintained without having to pay for an in-house VIR solution. A server hosted by a provider avoids the costs associated with the use of a powerful but expensive in-house dedicated server. The Daas is therefore very useful for small and medium enterprises that cannot afford to invest in this type of internal server. The operational cost is greatly reduced.
The operating systems
The company usually provides its employees with a single version of an operating system. The version chosen is not always suitable for all employees. Updating these operating systems is expensive and is not always done at regular intervals due to costs. Daas solves this problem since employees can use several different operating systems that are always updated.
There are several other benefits associated with the Daas. For example, it offers greater flexibility since it is possible to work in any location. Regardless of external constraints, the company does not suffer any loss of productivity. This is a very important advantage in the current context.
Daas also allows you to evolve quickly according to the needs of your activities, whether it is the deployment of remote sites or the management of subcontractors. You can also hire temporary workers or make an acquisition without incurring excessive costs. Moreover, in the event of a storm or natural disaster, you are able to continue your activities and all your employees remain active.
Another notable advantage is that your management is facilitated. No unpleasant surprises await you since all you have to do is pay a subscription fee. It therefore becomes easy to manage your company's expenses. Your investment expenses are reduced, and you can better plan your budget.
Daas and VDI
VDI, or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, is often chosen at the expense of Daas. Both offer more or less the same functionalities. It is therefore important for companies to carefully evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each. It's all a matter of priority.
With VDI, the hardware stack is maintained using IT administrators. The practice is therefore more traditional than that of Daas. Since the Cloud is inexpensive and reliable, companies are increasingly relying on Daas. VDI also has its advantages, including the possibility of on-site monitoring that it offers. The company itself controls the data, software, and hardware.
One of the main disadvantages of VDI is that the company's IT administrators are fully responsible for its management. Any updates are done internally and therefore require the mobilization of resources that could be more useful if they were assigned elsewhere. More resources must also be allocated to monitoring, since this too must be done internally.
As the Daas is becoming increasingly popular due to its many advantages and low costs, many suppliers have emerged to offer Daas solutions tailored to businesses. It is important to choose your supplier carefully, considering the specific needs of your company.
- Amazon WorkSpaces is one of the most popular suppliers for businesses. Amazon is flexible and can support several computers at the same time. It is also compatible with several applications. Students and individual employees can take advantage of its many benefits.
- Apps4Rent is also an interesting provider as it offers individual Daas. These Daas provide storage space as well as scalable RAM. This provider provides a service that is ideal for small-scale solutions. It can therefore be very appreciated by small and medium sized companies.
- Another very popular provider is Cisco. It is aimed at both medium and large enterprises. It offers a variety of options for all types of businesses. Professional support is important. The avowed goal is to facilitate large-scale business projects.
- Citrix can also be considered one of the best Daas suppliers. It is for companies of any size. The tools it offers are very flexible. As these tools are really varied and calibrated, it is especially large companies that have advantages in using this supplier.
- As for DinCloud, it is very versatile. It also offers excellent security. However, it does not offer a productivity tool or macOS support, which limits its interest a little.
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La Ryax Team.