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This post will cover the key differences between VDI and DaaS. Both are iterations of the Cloud Infrastructure but differ in many ways. The differences vary in many aspects and it is imperative that the unique features of both are understood before deployment.

Difference Between VDI and DaaS

To best illustrate the differences between these similar yet different implementations, we have designed a table below:-

IT hardware sourced in-house Hardware resides with CSP
Organization maintains the hardware Hardware is maintained by CSP
IT Staff is required by the organization Minimal to no IT staff is required
Much more control over data security Data is secured by CSP
Capital and labor intensive Requires minimal up-front costs
Minimal costs of running the system High incremental costs
Adding features and functionality is easy Each additional feature / function will cost separately
Licensed software is sourced much easier No elaborate mechanism in place
No reliance on the internet Heavily relies on the internet
Scalability is costly and time consuming Scalability is very convenient and economical
Capable of handling heavy tasks Less capable of tackling intensive tasks
Security can be customized as per needs No control over security protocols


It is apparent from the above table that despite being similar solutions, both VDI and DaaS are quite different. It is not about picking a clear winner, rather identifying the right tool for the job. Knowing and factoring in all the pros and cons of each method will help you make an informed decision.

Such deployments, whether VDI or DaaS will carry substantial costs for the organization over different time frames. A careful consideration needs to be given at the very planning phase so that once either of the above two alternatives is implemented, it reaps the desired rewards.

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