How DaaS impacts your IT environment Posted on September 4, 2012 by Tim Burke 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). Bandwidth: Nor do DaaS desktops require lots of bandwidth. When end-users initially connect their DaaS desktop, the entire screen is painted — but as they continue working, only the pixels that change are transmitted back, so most bandwidth use is downstream. Cloud connectivity: And although DaaS desktops require a connection to the Cloud to function, in fact most users don’t need continual or even frequent disconnected access. Many people who need to be connected generally want it at ad hoc times for email — and they can do that pretty easily with wireless, Wi- Fi, and devices like smartphones and iPads. The few users who do need continual connections can be provisioned with rich laptops. Fitting into how you do IT: Quest’s version of Desktop-as-a-Service means that you can customize how DaaS happens — whatever sort of software, storage, and access works best for you. And you avoid the upfront costs and complexity of traditional desktop virtualization — including, if you choose, running a help desk. Next time, I’ll get into how DaaS can help your business.