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August 2012, Vol. 40

Five Desktop as a Service challenges holding up enterprise adoption

With the rise of cloud computing, Desktop as a Service is a natural next step. But hosted desktops come with some challenges, and DaaS licensing is just the tip of the iceberg. As virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has become more and more popular, it was just a matter of time before providers started offering hosted desktops based on a VDI model. The idea of Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is relatively simple: Host a bunch of virtual machines running a desktop operating system in a data center, and provide remote access to these machines using some sort of remote display protocol. Sounds incredible, eh? The problem is that there are several issues that can arise with the cloud-hosted desktops approach. To help you decide if hosted desktops are right for your organization, let's take a look at five Desktop as a Service challenges. Desktop as a Service licensing DaaS licensing has to be the biggest challenge -- almost a show-stopper for some companies willing to have their desktops hosted elsewhere. Microsoft makes it very ...

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  • Converging at VMworld

    by  Christine Cignoli

    As VMware’s VMworld 2012 show approaches, we’re hearing about vSphere 5.1 features, company acquisitions and the big news of VMware CEO Paul Maritz’s departure.