ESG has been monitoring the interest in cloud desktops, commonly referred to as DaaS (desktop-as-a-service), for the last few years and continues to see solid interest in the delivery model. Indeed, previously conducted ESG research revealed that nearly a quarter of potential adopters of desktop virtualization technology in general identified DaaS as a delivery model that they were currently evaluating or at least considering.
As companies think through the rapidly growing set of DaaS offerings, it’s worth calling attention to a few of the top tier IT vendors including:
Amazon: The ESG brief, Amazon WorkSpaces Delivers Desktops from the Cloud covers Amazon’s offering in depth. I have also spoken with a number of IT professionals who are eager to deploy Amazon Workspaces in production as they continue to rotate towards a variety of Amazon services.
Citrix: Citrix has 1500+ CSPs (Citrix Service providers) who are delivering desktops and apps as a service today using Citrix product. We highlighted this in our blog, citrix-synergy-2014/index.html" target="_blank">Citrix Synergy 2014, and it is worth noting Citrix announced Workspace Services built on Microsoft Azure.
Google: The announcement of Windows Server support on the Google Cloud Platform has spurred a new set of opportunities that included hosted desktops through integration with technology partners such as IndependenceIT. I suspect this is one of many integration examples we will see with Google.
Microsoft: As detailed in this ESG brief, Microsoft TechEd 2014 Maps Mobility to Cloud, Microsoft has a broad range of capabilities that now include an application delivery first approach with Azure RemoteApp.
VMware: The acquisition of Desktone propelled VMware into the DaaS marketplace. DaaS is available as part of vCloud Hybrid Services and rounds out VMware’s platform approach through Horizon.
I have tried most of these solutions and they are super easy to provision and simply work. Hosted desktops are obviously not a panacea for every use case, but are certainly recognized as a valid delivery platform for organizations that embrace cloud consumption models and are exploring alternative delivery models for improved IT management and economics.