VDI or Daas: What's the difference? What's right for you?
We can all agree that our end user computing (EUC) world has evolved. Companies are rapidly migrating to virtual technologies that are providing their employees the facility to work from anywhere. Support staff meanwhile are scrambling to overcome obstacles that range from connectivity to security to bulky application deployments. Employees need to connect and use corporate resources at home or in shared office spaces, all while requiring the same (or higher) level of control and risk mitigation. Most experts predict that the adoption of virtual computing will more than triple by 2023. (www.alliedmarketresearch.com/cloud-based-VDI-market)
The desktop as we know it, is disappearing...quickly. So, what flavor of VDI works for your business?
Virtual desktop infrastructure (“VDI”) is a generic term assigned to any deployment of virtual desktops within an environment. Although the term was coined by VMWare, it has since been used and applied to any platform that allows a company to deploy virtual computing to its end users. In a nutshell, the entire system lives within the enterprise, where the company itself controls just about all the aspects of the computing delivery. This approach tends to be used by businesses that need strict control over their solutions, usually stemming from regulations or tight security mandates.
While customization and control are a clear benefit, maintenance costs, internal resources, and expansion becomes troublesome for smaller consumers.
The DaaS Offering:
Desktop as a service (“DaaS”) on the other hand is provided by a third-party, where the platform, support, and applications are all provisioned by the external source. Often referred to as “VDI in the Cloud”, this path is scalable, agile, and typically more affordable at its onset. Companies that experience quick growth or seasonal businesses can take advantage of a "pay as you play" model to consume resources as needed.
Adaptability and compatibility are two key points that prevent DaaS from being the perfect solution. Migrating custom or legacy applications could be a complex or lengthy process.
So, what path do we choose?
The answer to the question is dependent on a variety of factors, all of which are based on the unique requirements (and budget) of your business. Perhaps laws and regulations limit your choices. Maybe a tight monthly budget pushes you into a subscription model. As a true agnostic solution provider, Pro Logic Systems can assist you in that review and guide you down the decision tree that will best fit for YOUR needs. Contact us at "firstname.lastname@example.org" to speak with our engineers and industry experts.