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January 2015, Volume 4, Issue 1

Big-name DaaS providers will help increase adoption in 2015

As you may recall, I declared that 2014 would be the Year of DaaS in my February 2014 column. I believed it would be the year that all the major cloud providers would launch their DaaS offerings--I didn't foresee a mass customer migration. Now that we're into 2015, I'm happy to report that this prediction has indeed come to fruition! In other words, the early 2014 vision that “DaaS is going to be cool” has successfully turned into “DaaS is now cool!” For example, VMware bought desktop as a service (DaaS) platform provider Desktone in 2013, and in March 2014 the company launched its VMware Horizon DaaS offering, which lets customers run VDI desktops from VMware-owned data centers. In May 2014, Amazon moved WorkSpaces into production, offering DaaS-based Windows desktops that run directly from the Amazon Web Services cloud. In December, Microsoft launched Azure RemoteApp, which lets users access Windows applications running on Azure for as little as $10 per user, per month. We also saw Citrix solidifying its position as a back-end...

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