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5 DaaS FAQs — and the answers worth noting

FAQs on Desktops as a Service (DaaS)

These are some of the most common questions I get asked about Desktop-as-a-Service — and here are my answers.

  • Q. What end-user devices can we use to access our virtual desktops?
    A. Quest’s DaaS lets you use just about all of them: Any Wintel or Mac computer or laptop, iPhones, iPads, Android phones, and Android tablets. It even works on a Kindle Fire.
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Do you need DaaS? 5 hints to look out for

5 Capabilities To Look Out for in a DaaS Solution

I saw a sign recently with these six words: Change, of any sort, requires courage.

Change can be so difficult that sometimes we’d prefer to convince ourselves that it’s unnecessary. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

But how do you know it ain’t broke? Complex systems and (infra)structures often fool us with their own forms of what amounts to landscape amnesia: By inches, conditions deteriorate, and this happens so slowly and in such small increments that we do not notice.

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How DaaS impacts your IT environment

Desktops as a Service (DaaS)

The idea that the guts of an employee’s work environment which has for so long resided on his or her individual desktop PC might reside somewhere else is an idea that takes some getting used to.

So let’s take a few minutes to consider what this really means in terms of…

Security:  Because DaaS — Desktop-as-a-Service — puts each employees desktop image in the Cloud, employee apps and data stay secure — even as individual employee desktop images are rapidly deployed on-demand to virtually any device (including employee-owned devices), anywhere those employees may be (as long as they have Internet access).

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What is Desktop-as-a-Service?

Definition and Meaning of Desktop as a Service (DaaS)

I want to spend some blog space focusing on one of the most liberating of recent technology developments — a Cloud-based solution called Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS).

I say “liberating” because Desktop-as-a-Service offers a low-cost way of alleviating the onerous burdens of managing employees’ desktop devices — burdens that continue to get heavier as employees increasingly work from anywhere (a good thing, since it boosts productivity big time) and as they do this work on their own devices.

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Essentials to business disaster preparedness — #4: Pinpoint the most cost-effective disruption recovery solutions

Cost Effective Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Solutions

Okay, so your data is properly backed up, you’re monitoring its use, you’re developing a plan to protect your business and recover as quickly as possible from events beyond your control.

Now, in conjunction with your planning efforts, you need to pinpoint and then implement the most cost-effective disruption recovery solutions necessary to sustain business-critical operations when your systems and networks are down and/or when your office is unusable. This entails a three-step process that requires business continuity/disaster recovery expertise:

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Data Center Shopping: Dig Deeper

Data center discussions inevitably come around to the issue of standards. And while I agree that standards, like the recently released SSAE 16, are good to consider when you’re data center shopping, you should never rely on a facility being “in compliance” as the exclusive determinate for your selection.

Standards should be the place where you begin your search. After you’ve checked off the boxes that ensure compliance with whatever standards your industry requires, dig a bit deeper.

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9 features to look for in Cloud HD video conferencing

Capabilities to Look Out For in a Video Conferencing Solution

The bad old days of video conferencing — when systems were complex, clunky, and costly — meant that a video conference happened only between two expensively-equipped conference rooms that left participants feeing disconnected from the conversation. Average participants (read: not those in the top executive suite) needed to reserve the video conference space, so meetings were rarely spontaneous.

Not surprisingly, video conferencing remained niched. Regular people (read: not top executives) found that video conferences were simply more trouble than they were worth.

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What would make you try a video conferencing solution?

Advantages of Cloud Based Video Conferencing Solution

As more and more workers function remotely and as travel budgets continue to shrink, the need for quality video conferencing from any device located anywhere has increased dramatically.

And yet the high price of hardware combined with the complexities involved with operation and maintenance have rendered traditional video conferencing solutions impractical for many, if not all, organizations.

It’s all been too costly to scale, too dependent on expensive QoS networks — and the need to reserve resources in order to conduct successful meetings has created far too much hassle.

What’s needed? Well, to begin with, a video conferencing solution has to be high-definition. It should be able to span mobile, desktop, room systems, and immersive telepresence environments. It should be easy to dynamically scale to changing business requirements and adapt to growth. And, of course, it should be simple to use.

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