As IT sets out on its desktop virtualization quest, it must consider desktop as a service (DaaS) vs. VDI. The two options differ when it comes to cost, user experience and scaling. There are specific factors IT can look at to determine which approach is best, such as the virtual desktop use cases and where it will store the data -- or if the organization would benefit from a combination of the two.
When it comes to DaaS vs. VDI, DaaS has more flexibility for costs and scalability. DaaS offers subscription-based pricing for cloud-based desktops that are hosted by a third-party provider, which cuts upfront infrastructure costs and helps open up more room for data storage.
Typically, the DaaS vendor handles infrastructure and software issues, while IT still maintains management over user accounts. Organizations invested in DaaS also have the opportunity to scale with greater ease, thanks to the subscription option and data storage elasticity from the cloud.
Don't count VDI out when it's in the DaaS vs. VDI ring. When deploying VDI, the virtual desktops live in an on-premises data center that IT manages. The on-premises back end gives IT complete control to develop and customize virtual desktops, control and manage updates and data traffic, and provide personalization unique to the organization's needs. The additional control of IT over virtual desktops can tighten security because IT has a direct look into how everything runs.