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DaaS vs. Traditional VDI: Why Make the Move?

May 23, 2019 | by Berton Warner

Virtual desktop technologies have continued to mature over the years as enterprises continue to look for ways to lower costs associated with maintaining fleets of complex, traditional desktop infrastructure. DaaS (Desktop-as-a-Service) and VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) are the two main virtual desktop solutions in the market that companies typically consider.

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A VDI refers to when “virtual desktops are served through on-premise servers maintained by in-house IT teams.” Since it is in-house, this type of technology requires maintenance at the actual site, perhaps making it inconvenient for some companies.

DaaS is a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure that is hosted and managed in the cloud by a third-party provider. The service provider is responsible for the management of the underlying infrastructure. DaaS uses a “multi-tenancy architecture,” in which multiple tenants, or users, are served an application. It is also usually based on a monthly subscription fee.

There has been an increase in data generation across various industries, such as healthcare, BFSI, and retail due to an ongoing digital transformation and deeper investments into cloud storage systems, mobility, and analytics. This factor, combined with the rising costs of on-premise storage infrastructure, has led to a pressing need to cut down on data management costs. The growing desire to have seamless data management is another key driver augmenting demand for DaaS solutions.

Mead & Hunt adopted DaaS solutions in 2018 because of their growth in size and revenue over a five year period. Due to the rapid employment of new workers, the IT directors realized that this was the best solution for the company. At Mead & Hunt, their CIO predicts that in the future, DaaS solutions will be utilized in 75% of their desktops.

As you can see, many companies are looking ahead at the value of DaaS solutions. If you are currently using a traditional desktop infrastructure or VDI and are considering transitioning to a DaaS solution, here are the top 5 reasons why you should make the move.

 7 benefits of Daas

 1. Low entry and maintenance costs

DaaS is essentially a cloud subscription service, which means that there is no hardware to install. With entry-level costs of about $35 per user per month, many businesses are likely to recognize less expenses with DaaS, particularly in BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) scenarios. DaaS is also much lower in costs in regards to maintenance. The service provider handles all of the updates that are needed without any interruption to work. In contrast, a traditional VDI solution requires the purchase and maintenance of expensive servers and related hardware.


2. Agility and scalability- Buy only what you need

DaaS service providers charge based on the number of users. A monthly subscription is therefore directly proportional to the number of employees using the service. Your company only needs to purchase what is completely necessary. Scaling up or down is simply a matter of buying more or less seats depending on your business’ needs.


3. No special skills required

This is undoubtedly one of DaaS' biggest attractions. With DaaS, there are no special skills required to implement a DaaS solution. Your service provider will manage and support the entire virtual desktop environment for you, which means that you are essentially buying a service level agreement (SLA). This makes the solution ideal for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as for organizations that have inadequate IT resources.


4. Guaranteed performance and security

Reputable DaaS providers employ high-end and highly optimized hardware and software infrastructure that many companies are not able to duplicate on their own. Along with the low latency of the cloud system, it leads to a truly impressive performance and minimal downtime.

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As a cloud platform, there are several security layers that are built into a DaaS platform including:

  • Complete separation of networks - the backbone network, service provider's network, and tenant networks are completely separate and non-bridgeable.
  • Separation of resources - virtual desktop storage and tenant hypervisors are maintained separately.
  • Secure communication - DaaS utilizes authenticated connections for communication on different management nodes.
  • Secure access - Horizon Air portal web applications only use highly secure HTTPS.
  • Minimal node functionality - DaaS features data center security implementations that only allow services enabled on management node templates to run while blocking any unnecessary ports.


5. Highly flexible and easy to implement

DaaS is much easier to pilot and implement than on-prem VDI and thus provides faster time-to-value. DaaS can also flex up and down easily according to your current needs by simply adding or removing desktops. Furthermore, DaaS is deployed via cloud which provides unparalleled availability, making it ideal for teams that are located in varying locations.


6. Ease and efficiency

It can be hectic handling corporate operations throughout many different parts of your company, and a DaaS solution will lessen your worries about deadlines and disrupting key business operations. One example of this is through the hiring and onboarding process, Deloitte reported that more acquisitions and merger activities will be occurring. Businesses must discover efficient and simple methods to handle the process of hiring new employees. With DaaS solutions, businesses are able to have employees easily entered into their systems. This is just one of the many ways DaaS integrates with the people and workflows of your company to increase productivity and efficiency.

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7. Data loss prevention

In the event of a natural disaster, traditional desktop technologies will not protect your data from potentially being destroyed. With DaaS technologies, your company will be able to store your vital information in a remote location. These types of solutions are offered to ensure that you will be able to access your desktops and applications anywhere, even after a natural disaster has occurred. Data loss prevention is necessary; you never know what will happen in the future and it is always better to be prepared.


SMBs make up about half of DaaS users, and larger organizations are increasingly deploying it. This is a clear indication that the technology is more frequently being viewed as a mature, reliable, and high-value service. DaaS systems provide the availability of accessing information quickly and gives employees the maximum amount of productivity time needed to perform efficiently. Whatever your needs may be, it is time to think about switching to a DaaS solution.


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Berton Warner

About Berton Warner

With 25 years of IT experience, Berton Warner brings a plethora of experience and knowledge to the table. After 12 years as an IT business owner, he understands the business and technical side of IT. He enjoys the constantly changing, growing and ever expanding IT world and looks forward to new challenges and opportunities.

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