Desktop as a Service

What Does Desktop as a Service Mean?

Desktop as a service (DaaS) is a cloud computing solution in which virtual desktop infrastructure is outsourced to a third-party provider.

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DaaS functionality relies on the virtual desktop, which is a user-controlled session or dedicated machine that transforms on-demand cloud services for users and organizations around the world. This is an efficient model in which the service provider manages all the back-end responsibilities that would normally be provided by application software.

Desktop as a service is also known as a virtual desktop or hosted desktop services.

Techopedia Explains Desktop as a Service

DaaS facilitates the management of various types of computer resources, including desktops, laptops, handheld units and thin clients. DaaS uses distributed execution or remote execution, depending on implementation type.

DaaS is a cost-effective alternative to conventional IT solutions and is used by organizations and enterprises that require high levels of performance and availability. Additionally, DaaS serves as an ideal solution for small organizations with limited resources.

DaaS advantages include:

  • Easy platform migration
  • Total cost reduction
  • Minimized complexity
  • Disaster recovery
  • Uninterrupted connectivity
  • Increased performance
  • Personalization
  • Reliability
  • Data security
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