What Is Enterprise Desktop-as-a-Service?
The vision of a simple, secure, and user-friendly desktop experience has prompted many organizations to consider desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) as an alternative to investing in an on-premise desktop virtualization solution. Globally, the virtual desktop market is expected to grow up to $5 billion by 2022. And no wonder—traditional DaaS can empower employees with consistent, secure access to applications, data, and services.
Except for when it doesn't. Despite its benefits, typical DaaS offerings often aren't comprehensive or flexible enough for most organizations. However, the advent of enterprise DaaS "eDaaS" means you can have flexibility, security, and agility even with large applications and data warehouses.
Why it's time for enterprise-ready DaaS solutions
Standard cloud-based DaaS solutions can quickly provide desktops and basic apps and data to many types of users. But the key word here is 'basic'. Typical DaaS providers offer only standard applications, such as MS Office connected to cloud based file repositories. If you need applications specific to your industry or require any flexibility at all, you're on your own.
If your users need access to powerful, specialized applications with large data repositories, latency, and data security will be problematic with standard DaaS. Another issue is that standard DaaS offerings don't easily allow hybrid deployments or cloud bursting.
Enter enterprise DaaS
Security, scalability, and, yes, flexibility are central to the new concept of enterprise DaaS. In contrast to standard DaaS, enterprise DaaS can be highly customized for your environment and provides a high-definition virtual desktop with access to any application and data from any device. The service provider delivers desktops along with your applications, whether they are hosted on-premise, off-premise, in a private or public cloud, or all of the above.
Flexible Consumption-based licensing is another important differentiator for enterprise DaaS. An enterprise DaaS provider can integrate the software licenses you already own, or assume responsibility for the licensed products that it uses to provide your virtual desktops. You pay-as-you-go via monthly subscription, sidestepping costly perpetual licenses that you actually only need for a few months.
Is enterprise DaaS right for you?
An enterprise-scale DaaS solution offers many advantages, but it may not be right for everyone. The following questions can help you determine whether your organization could benefit from enterprise DaaS:
- Are you considering a cloud-first strategy? Enterprise DaaS can be the cornerstone of your migration.
- How volatile is your desktop demand? Do you employ seasonal contract workers or are you anticipating an M&A that could create a spike in users?
- Is your desktop software approaching its lifecycle end? For example, XenApp 6.5 is officially retired on June 30, 2018—is it time to consider alternatives?
Enterprise DaaS is a new concept, based on the innovative application of familiar IT concepts. Offering the promise of maximum flexibility for even complex computing environments, it's an idea whose time has come.
Next up: Specific use cases for enterprise DaaS.
Burwood Group is pleased to publish this post in partnership with Citrix, our trusted partner in creating secure, mobile solutions for application and data delivery. All opinions are our own.