If last year showed us anything it was that employees can be cut loose from their desks. The shift in the way we work, forced upon us by the Coronavirus outbreak, has meant that companies all over the globe are now reliant on remote access for their desktop environments in order to enable their business continuity.
Desktop virtualisation is the name given to the processes that allow a business IT department to deploy a hosted operating system (OS) to remote employees. There are various different ways of deploying virtual desktops, including Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI). Both of these technologies can help companies to provide business continuity to all of their employees and they can also both be easily scaled up and down as needed.
From a user point of view, the method your company decides to go with should be based on the one that provides the employee with the same user experience they get when they are working at a physical location with a desktop.
Let’s take a closer look at both these approaches, in order to help you understand more about the differences (and similarities) between them.
DaaS deploys an operating system from a hosted desktop to a remote device using a cloud-based back end from a third-party provider.
Some popular Daas providers are Amazon, Citrix and Microsoft – and all of these providers will handle connectivity and security – and also maintain the cloud infrastructure.
When a VDI is deployed, the operating system is hosted on a central server which sends the desktop interface to the endpoint device (laptop, mobile or other) through a remote display protocol. Most VDIs require the end-user to be connected to the network to access the desktop, although there is some VDI software which offers offline capabilities.
As you can see, there are pros and cons to both DaaS and VDI and the choice is really up to you – although VDI does come out on top when it comes to control and security. If you have the time and resources to put into a full VDI deployment, it will repay you in bundles over the coming years.
For more information about VDIs and whether it is right for you, please contact our experienced team on 0203 818 1000 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org