Bundling DaaS and VDI: Why combining the two is good for business
Companies moving to a work-from-home model or shifting to a bring-your-own-device culture have seen the advantages of virtual desktop infrastructure with its various support, security, and on- or off-premises options. Implementing it, however, can be a complex and difficult undertaking.
Properly designed solutions require careful planning, and considerations around both end user experience as well as cost. Coupled with support of an infrastructure that is instantly mission critical, virtual desktop infrastructure often overwhelms organizations that are left uncertain where to begin.
Some organizations are now skipping this complexity while still gaining the benefits of virtual desktop infrastructure through a relatively new offering: Virtual Desktop Integration (VDI) bundled with Desktop as a Service (DaaS).
What benefits does this combination offer, and how can it make managing your infrastructure easier? Let’s discuss.
What is DaaS with VDI?
DaaS with VDI brings a managed service approach to both your hardware and your desktop by bundling both together for the simplest deployment and regular updates.
With various support, security, and on- or off-premises options, this solution can be customized to fit both your budget and unique requirements.
Look for DaaS with VDI that’s hardware agnostic so you can further align your devices with your organization’s needs.
What are the benefits of using DaaS with VDI?
By combining DaaS and VDI, you have the flexibility to turn a capex service into an opex service. This simplifies budgeting, giving you a fixed monthly term fulfillment subscription for bundled hardware and VDI services. But the benefits go far beyond pricing.
Increase productivity and security. Every day, employees lose valuable work time to outdated technology, which does not effectively protect against security threats and takes longer to perform operations than newer devices. DaaS with VDI alleviates that concern. Through DaaS with VDI, you can refresh your end-user technology every three years. Beyond the productivity gains from using the latest devices, DaaS with VDI also improves security by limiting physical access to workstations and ensuring they’re using the latest technology.
Centralize your solution and deployment. Because DaaS with VDI is a centralized solution, workstations are placed closer to the data your users need to access, increasing the performance of their devices. By centralizing deployment, you can more easily manage application deployment, updates, patching, and more by doing so as a whole rather than machine by machine.
Address compliance and disaster recovery. Organizations can eliminate compliance issues by ensuring devices are secure and access is restricted, even for remote workers. DaaS with VDI also makes backing up and restoring infrastructure easier, and can help users get back to work faster following a disaster.
Make the user experience more consistent. With DaaS with VDI, users have an identical experience whether they access the system on-premises or remotely, no matter the device. It also makes it easier to fast-track OS upgrades for all users, ensuring everyone is up to date and has the latest tools and features available to them.
Why your organization should consider DaaS with VDI
DaaS is not exactly a new offering. Neither is VDI. However, when bundled together and made agnostic, you have a solution that can truly improve your business.
DaaS with VDI tackles budgetary hurdles, and removes the guesswork from sizing, implementing, and supporting a full VDI solution. In the end, you get all the benefits of VDI without the headaches of designing or supporting the environment.
SHI has introduced its own hardware-agnostic DaaS with VDI solution. Learn more by contacting your SHI account executive.