Hosting a desktop solution in the cloud is becoming more viable every day. You get the multiple advantages of VDI, like having users work from anywhere, centralizing your desktop management efforts, and allowing users to their own devices. When you host virtual desktops in the cloud, your advantages increase even more.
Here are a few reasons why you should consider a hosted cloud desktop solution or Desktop as a Service (DaaS).
Your Provider Knows VDI Better
A cloud desktop solution is simply a VDI that a third-party manages for you, which means you don’t need to have a deep technical understanding to get the benefits. This leaves your IT staff free to focus on your critical business needs, and essentially separates your company from the necessity of maintaining and managing the hardware and components that make up your cloud desktop solution.
You get a technical solution that includes the top virtualization skills necessary to not only maintain your VDI solution, but also to ramp up operations when your demands increase. This also means that when it’s time to scale up your operations, you don’t have to worry about unexpected bottlenecks occurring because it’s all managed for you.
Scale Up or Down
And speaking of scaling your operations, when you use a cloud desktop solution, you can scale your solution either up or down. In a typical in-house VDI environment, you would need to consider how many users you can add before you put your environment at risk of not enough reserve capacity to accommodate the compute, network, and storage needs of the VDI environment. When you partner with a third-party cloud solution, you simply scale up or down to accommodate how many users you have without the risks associated with not enough capacity, or the costs of over-provisioning.
Costs are Predictable
You get a set per-user cost that is predictable for budgeting purposes. If you add functionality like user environment management, that cost can increase, but it’s always the same predictable per-user cost.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the costs are only for the cloud desktop subscription. There are other things you may need that increases your costs, such as adding internet bandwidth and setting up VPNs. Once again, however, these costs are more predictable than trying to manage it in-house.
Rolling out a Pilot is Easy
Since you don’t need to plan out your strategy for hardware and the VDI platform, it is easy to roll out a cloud desktop solution to your users and know exactly what it’s going to cost and the effort required. Scaling up and down is much easier during your pilot test when you use a third-party service provider. You know you’re not going to get stuck with a pile of hardware that you’re not using or come up short when provisioning end users.
Imagine not needing someone in your IT department with an intimate understanding of desktop storage optimization or image management. These nuances are all handled for you with a cloud desktop solution. And if it all blows up, at least you’re not sitting on hardware you’re no longer using.
Where to Turn for More Information
TBConsulting put together a handy e-Book, “What to Expect During a VDI Migration,” that gives you more insight into virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI. If you’re considering a cloud desktop solution, you’ll want to download this informative resource. In this information intensive e-Book, you’ll get a comprehensive look at not only what to expect, but how to prepare for VDI migration. We also lay out the pros and cons and give you a guide on how to choose a migration partner. Download it today for free.