Debunking the Top 10 Cloud-hosted Desktop Myths

November 9, 2015
Debunking the Top 10 Cloud-hosted Desktop Myths

By definition a myth is “a widely held but false belief or idea.” The problem with myths is that left unchallenged, they become accepted as fact. It’s time to stop this runaway train and challenge the top 10 myths about Desktop as a Service (DaaS).

Myth 1: You can’t do DaaS under Microsoft Licensing

Untrue. Not only is it possible, but there is a way to offer it to the market in a technically viable and cost-effective manner, AND VMware and other VMware Horizon® DaaS® Powered service providers are doing just this and organisations are successfully consuming it.

Myth 2: Only shared session-based desktops can be used for DaaS

Sure, if you’re talking about traditional virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technology. However, VDI technology with true multi-tenancy like the Horizon DaaS Platform,is capable of delivering full-featured VDI desktops. What’s more is a dedicated virtual desktop delivers a user experience that surpasses that of terminal services. This makes the DaaS user experience consistently strong, regardless of how many people concurrently access their desktops. A dedicated desktop moreover allows users to work with their desktop in the same manner in which they work with their traditional physical PC, with the freedom to customise it and install applications.

Myth 3: DaaS is too expensive

Wrong. You’re confusing DaaS with traditional VDI again. DaaS has no upfront capital expenditure and the ongoing operating expense is lower than that of VDI. That’s because rather than provide your own infrastructure, you’re utilising VMware’s or a VMware Horizon DaaS-powered service provider environment. And, because you only pay for the resources you need, the costs associated with DaaS are predictable, plus you benefit from the buying power of large service providers.

Myth 4: DaaS delivers poor user experience

If you believe this, then it’s time you tried it yourself. The Horizon Air Desktops and Apps user experience is as good, if not better than, a rich client experience, and significantly better than a shared terminal services-based desktop. As the saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Myth 5: DaaS lacks security

Sure, in the same way that Fort Knox lacks security… This is categorically untrue. With DaaS your organisational data can be more secure than it is on traditional PCs, where data resides locally and can easily be lost or stolen.

Myth 6. DaaS won’t work with your onsite IT assets

False. Many believe that because their desktop is in the cloud, they can’t access IT assets located onsite. In truth, Horizon Air Desktops and Apps are designed to work securely with virtually any IT asset, including those resources that are onsite at your organisation or offsite at your service provider, like shared storage, Active Directory and enterprise applications. Integration is the key word and DaaS does it well.

Myth 7: DaaS does not support consumerisation of IT

Patently untrue. DaaS is among the greatest enablers of THE consumerisation of IT, and not only supports it, but makes it much easier to implement and manage. DaaS is ideal for “bring your own device” (BYOD) approaches, since employees can get their Windows desktops on whatever hardware they choose, including iPads, MacBooks, Chromebooks, Android devices and more. Plus, Horizon Air Desktops and Apps users can easily separate work from personal data on a single device.

Myth 8: Migrating users to DaaS is difficult

Running a marathon is difficult. Migrating users to DaaS is a lot easier than you think, especially when you compare this process to that of replacing a PC or laptop. Users can customise their desktops to look and feel exactly as they’d like. They can also install their own applications and data. In addition, because Horizon Air Desktops and Apps can connect to peripherals such as local and network printers and monitors, employees can use their desktops just as they have in the past. It’s simple, fast and requires little to no user training.

Myth 9: DaaS requires lots of bandwidth

Not the case. This myth is founded on the popular misconception that you download a ‘desktop’ every time you use DaaS. The reality is that plain old average DSL is more than sufficient to accommodate DaaS. When you connect to your Horizon Air Desktops, the entire screen is initially painted. However, as you continue working, only the pixels that change are transmitted back to the endpoint. As a result, most of the bandwidth is downstream since changes to the screen are pushed from the virtual desktop to the endpoint.

Myth 10: The disconnected use case is a deal-breaker

Think again. Cloud-hosted desktops, as well as traditional VDI, do require the user’s device to be connected, however, this is not a big issue for businesses. In fact, Wi-Fi and 3G/4G has become so prevalent, we haven’t heard of any instances where this prevented an organisation from adopting and reaping substantial benefits from cloud-hosted desktops.

Do you have a myth of your own to add? Are you labouring under a misconception about DaaS that is preventing you from taking your business to the next level? We will be more than happy to separate fact from fiction for you. Just ask.

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