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August 2012, Vol. 40

Migrating to desktop as a service

Today desktop administrators face a wide array of challenges, from planning and implementing operating system migrations to ensuring that security controls are in place and up to date. They are also grappling with consumer devices in the enterprise. Some enterprises will continue to support traditional desktop environments, perhaps augmented with mobile device management systems to support bring-your-own-device (BYOD) users, but others will turn to Desktop as a Service (DaaS). DaaS providers host virtualized desktops in a third-party data center that delivers desktops on demand to end users. This is a logical extension of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), which provides similar virtualization services, but uses on-premises infrastructure rather than an external data provider. The appeal of DaaS stems from several business drivers. Maintaining traditional desktops is costly. Desktop administration can be time-consuming, even with applications for remote monitoring, diagnosing and patching. Security is another consideration. ...

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