Pay as You Use Model
Organizations that employ DaaS have to pay on a metered or usage basis model. This applies to both the number of virtual desktops and the productivity software or applications in use. Each additional instance of the virtual desktop, productivity software or application will result in an incremental cost to the entity and vice versa.
Usage Scenarios of a DaaS Solution
Let’s cover a few situations that would make a strong case for employing the Desktop as a Service (DaaS) infrastructure.
- An entity that does not want to invest and maintain an elaborate IT hardware on premises.
- Full time IT technicians are minimal as there is no compelling need.
- Most of the workforce can remain productive without showing up for work each day.
- The workforce of the company in on the move at most times but needs to remain connected.
- An organization whose bulk workforce comprises of remote workers.
- There is frequent seasonality in the operations of the company.
- Data security is a concern for the organization but it lacks the requisite expertise to secure its critical data in-house.
- Organizations that are not comfortable with localization of their data or proprietary applications and want to maintain them centrally.
- The employees of an organization want to access their work using multiple device platforms and operating systems.
DaaS vs. VDI
Without going into the minor details, it is quite evident that the advantages offered by Desktop as a Service (DaaS) are superior as compared to the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). VDI solutions are both capital and labor intensive, making them a difficult proposition for small and medium sized organizations.
How to Maximize your DaaS Solution
Now that we have made a case in favor of the DaaS infrastructure, let’s cover a few aspects that would maximize the efficiency of your DaaS solution.
In DaaS, you can promptly create more instances of a virtual desktop or productivity application. But bear in mind that each additional instance will carry fees. Although this cost is variable in nature, it is still a burden on the resources. Organizations should deploy additional virtual desktops only where required.
As the operating system and applications run from the data centers of the CSP and only instructions and interface are with the user, the reliance on the network is high. So, the organization has to maintain its communication / data network in optimal condition. Bandwidth issues will also affect the efficiency of the network.
Physical Location of Data Centers
When finalizing a DaaS provider, the physical proximity of its data centers must be an important consideration. This is particularly true when heavy or resource intensive applications will be executed on the network. If this factor is ignored, it will result in frequent crashes and frustrating lag times.
As critical data will reside with the CSP in case of a DaaS infrastructure, it will create security concerns for the organization. Therefore, depending on the sensitivity of the data, the organization must ensure that sufficient cyber security measures are in place.
The aspect of data security is also critical from a legal standpoint because many data breaches now entail legal and penal ramifications. Before selecting a CSP, the entity must ensure that it meets the minimum cyber security standards enforced for the particular industry.
Desktop as a Service or DaaS is a highly efficient, flexible and scalable cloud solution. After factoring in all the pros and cons, it can translate into improved efficiency and reduced costs for the deploying organization. Today’s CSPs are happy to customize their solutions for your entity, so why just settle for the orthodox cloud solution.