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How to find out if DaaS is right for your business — part 1 of 2

Free Desktop as Service (DaaS) Proof of Concept by Quest

For those who are ready to explore Desktop-as-a-Service, it’s worthwhile to find a DaaS-competent Cloud services provider who is willing to work with you to conduct a no-cost DaaS Proof-Of-Concept at your premises using you applications, data, and devices — and involving your employees.

There really is no other way to learn what your business can get from DaaS. A free DaaS Proof-of-Concept will help you understand very concretely how DaaS will work for your employees and what they’ll get from it. Using an iPad as part of your DaaS Proof-Of-Concept can be a wow! experience.

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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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Survey says — cloud, mobility, and virtualization improve disaster preparedness

Role of Cloud Computing, Virtualization and Mobility in Disaster Recovery Planning

The other day, I came across the results of a recent Symantec survey of small and midsize businesses examining the effects of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility on disaster preparedness.

I was heartened to see results showing that more than a third of these smaller and midsize business decision-makers took disaster preparedness into account when deciding how they’d venture into virtualization, mobility, and the cloud.

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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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