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Over the past few years, DaaS has transitioned from being a new technology that had everyone talking, to something that IT shops are actually implementing. Now, it's time to see how much IT pros really know about cloud desktops.
For a long time, many desktop virtualization experts heralded the Year of VDI, but that time never seemed to come. When desktop as a service (DaaS) finally came on the scene, people called 2014 the Year of DaaS, and it looks like they were right. Conversations about DaaS started happening everywhere, from major vendor conferences such as Citrix Synergy and VMworld to industry blogs and the water cooler in your IT department.
The basic technology to do DaaS -- hosting virtual desktops outside your own data center and letting someone else deal with infrastructure management -- dates back to the 1990s, and some shops have been doing it as long. But DaaS only recently gained traction as a viable option for many modern IT shops.
That being said, it is still an emerging technology and hasn't yet seen broad adoption. Shops that want to do DaaS and are in the process of figuring out the details have a lot of information to digest. There are benefits, downsides and Microsoft licensing concerns that should be on your radar. Additionally, there are tons of vendors and products to be aware of. The DaaS market is constantly evolving as new vendors crop up, some older ones bite the dust and companies come up with new ways of packaging desktops in the cloud.
So, how much do you know about the DaaS market and cloud-hosted technology? Take this quiz to see how much you know about desktop as a service and all its trappings. We'll score it for you and show you where you might want to brush up or learn more.