Desktop as a Service and Hosted Virtual Desktops
For a while, I have been seeing people talk about DaaS (desktop as a service). While this is exactly what it sounds like, and is similar to IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and SaaS (software as a service) – when we first rolled out our services, we decided to follow the thought leaders.
We looked to Gartner, and spoke to folks including Mark Margevicius and Chris Wolf. Gartner started talking about desktop as a service in 2010. At the time, Gartner referred to it as HVD (hosted virtual desktops). So that is what we decided to label ourselves as.
To me, hosted virtual desktops and desktop as a service are the same. It seems that the term desktop as a service is more popular, with emerging technology research firm 451 Research publishing a recent paper on the desktop as a service landscape. Rachel Chalmers and Karin Kelley provide a depth of background in the desktop as a service space.
Today, desktop as a service is being used to describe different types of desktops. In some cases, DaaS is even used when someone is delivering a single app. Thus, we feel “hosted virtual desktops” is a more descriptive term, and what we use in describing our services.
Article by Ali D., Chief Marketing Officer, dinCloud.