Will Desktop as a Service disappear in 10 years?
Service providers today offer a variety of cloud services, from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) to Hosted VoIP (or UCaaS). However, the area that has been getting a lot of interest in the past few years is Desktop as a Service (DaaS). And I personally believe over time this will change.
What is Desktop as a Service?
In a traditional desktop environment, your data and applications reside on a specific physical device, like your laptop. If you happen to forget it at home, your productivity is limited. Even if you might be able to access email, Dropbox and Salesforce, anything else would be hard to get to. And the reason you would still be able to use these apps is because they are not tied to your physical laptop, but rather hosted in a secure data center and accessed over the web. Basically, these apps are cloud based, and easy to access.
DaaS applies the same concept to your entire desktop environment: the applications, the data, and the user settings. A virtualized desktop is stored in the provider’s data center, on their high-end servers and storage, so nothing resides on your end device. This gives you the freedom to access your corporate desktop and client server applications over the internet, from any device of your choosing.
Why DaaS will disappear over time
Of course, the ability to truly work from anywhere supplies enormous business value. Employees can be just as efficient outside the office as they are in it, taking their work with them everywhere they go. However, today’s desktops leave a lot to be desired when it comes to collaboration and providing an engaging work experience for a team.
Think about how much time you spend logging in, searching for information, downloading and uploading, sharing documents, managing email, writing status reports etc. Even when you get into a repeatable routine, when you move to a mobile device, everything changes. Also consider how many times you have discovered that someone else has been working on a project related to yours, and you wish you had known sooner so you could’ve collaborated? All these questions show that there is room for improvement.
Another important argument I think is important to consider is the evolution of web applications. DaaS is used for non web browser applications to be used over the web. So basically, if you only use a web application, you would not need Desktop as a Service, right?
As client server and desktop applications are refactored into cloud applications DaaS will whittle away. If you are using DaaS today, don’t panic, it will take many years for these applications to be rewritten as web apps until that time, DaaS will fill the gap allowing desktop and client server applications requiring heavy bandwidth that have been always restricted to local networks access through mobile devices and browsers.
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