In this ESG Video Capsule, ESG's Mark Bowker discusses the growing trend of service providers that offer hosted desktop solutions, and the use cases for same.
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Mark: Hi everybody. Mark Bowker here with Enterprise Strategy Group. One of the things I want to touch upon real quick is this notion of hosted desktops. So I've been looking at virtual desktop infrastructure, really, on-premises desktops that are projected out to the user for some time. I'm seeing more and more interest in this notion of being able to host a desktop from a cloud provider and really paying a monthly fee for that desktop per user.
Microsoft announced earlier this year about being able to even host Windows 10 desktops on Azure. And so the use cases are typically what you can imagine. So it's probably around security, having a secure delivery. It's around simplifying IT management. It's being able to address maybe temporary workers, contract workers. But we're really going to watch closely how this hosted desktop model, and specifically hosted Windows 10 with Microsoft, could become very interesting for companies that really transition from paying a licensing fee on an enterprise-wide agreement, as opposed to this monthly recurring fee.
So expect and look out for research on this further. What that hosted environment really means to companies and how fast, potentially, or slow, or how much they may resist moving to that hosted model. So visit our website frequently. Check out what we may have there and look for the updates in the second half of this year.