One of the most exciting developments with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is the adoption of desktop as a premium service (DaaS) by cloud service providers (CSPs). As businesses keep on embracing the cloud, forward-thinking CSPsare looking to provide as many cloud-based solutions as possible to appeal to a wide spectrum of clients. With the addition of virtual DaaS, CSPs continue to confront the status quo, providing companies an alternative to energy waste, rigid platforms, expensive PC upgrades and the different security issues involved with on-site and remote network traffic.
Virtual DaaS is the outsourcing of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) to a CSP, providing integral changes that address hardware longevity, power consumption, security, manpower and environmental issues. Put simply, the desktop environment is no longer enclosed on the multiple machines, reducing the IT maintenance headaches, security threats, and in general, outdated technology. Instead, the desktop environment with all of it's applications, remains protected entirely within the cloud service providers infrastructure.
Taking a look at the cost-effectiveness, there are certain key points to look at. With a virtual DaaS, in-house recruits will no longer necessitate expensive big-box PCs that need to be upgraded and maintained regularly. The typical end-user will use far less expensive thin client hardware, personal computers and other devices. Regardless of the current in-house and remote hardware, a move to virtual DaaS will extend the life of older PCs and laptops, which will no longer be required to struggle with the operating system (OS) and application upgrades. Companies can take their time upgrading to the newer thin client hardware, which is a prime welcome rarity for the essential IT improvements.
Continuing with financial benefits, thin client hardware draws just about one-tenth the power of an average PC. Even without a thin client upgrade, current PCs will use a significant amount of less energy utilizing virtual DaaS, considering they will no longer be troubled with the brunt of processing. This converts into less heat, and a considerable reduction in the air-conditioning, particularly for the larger office spaces. This isn't even considering the reduction in the energy consumption and data center cooling with the majority of the processing consigned to the CSP.
Upgrading a company-wide mission-critical application or an OS even without major setbacks has always been an arduous and time-consuming process. This can become very expensive not only in the man-hours, but in the potential system downtime and work latency. With a virtual DaaS this is no longer the case. A virtual PC is not device dependent, and therefore any OS or software upgrade is universal. The days of IT professionals marching from computer to computer performing the same tasks on multiple PCs are thankfully over. Virtual desktop infrastructure offers a great deal of flexibility, which in turn, deciphers to more savings. With VDI, there is no need to perform any errands at an in-house, employee or remote level. Their machines are efficiently the same, all of which are accessing the data and applications through the CSP without accumulating anything locally. Small or large, organizations will find considerable advantages with a virtual DaaS solution, not the least of which is the bottom-line!