Desktop and application virtualization continues to gather momentum as organizations seek greater security and control over users, data, and devices and, at the same time, users want greater freedom to work anytime, anywhere, and from any device. These competing requirements define the modern workplace and have organizations looking for new approaches to IT.
The gathering momentum for desktop and application virtualization is also being driven by technology advances that have made Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) implementations more affordable and more capable of delivering a PC-powered user experience to a broad range of users. This has many organizations taking a second look at implementing VDI.
However, organizations looking for an affordable, low risk, enterprise-class virtual desktop and application delivery model should consider the benefits of Concero’s Workspace-as-a-Service (WaaS) offering.*
What is WaaS?
WaaS is a cloud-based desktop/application delivery model where a cloud provider, like Concero, delivers workspaces (i.e. virtual desktops and applications) to your organization’s users from their data center(s). Technically, there is little difference between VDI and WaaS. But rather than deploying and managing VDI yourself — with all the associated costs and risks — a WaaS solution come ready out-of-the-box. With WaaS, not only does all the heavy lifting related to the VDI infrastructure becomes someone else’s problem but, as with Concero’s WaaS offering, the provider may include with their service the added benefit of technical support for routine desktop management tasks.
More Reasons to think WaaS?
Concero’s WaaS shares the advantages of any “as-a-service” cloud product. With a simple monthly subscription organizations can explore the benefits of a new technology without a significant investment in time or capital, they can scale up and scale down usage as needed, and they can enjoy advanced features not economical when they build things out themselves. If you’re a small or medium-sized business and want enterprise-class security, availability, and performance along with cloud-like scalability then a in-house VDI implementation will be cost-prohibitive. Even for a large organization, the overhead and expertise of VDI makes Concero’s WaaS a more cost-effective option than a DYI approach. Moreover, thanks to the subscription-based “as-a-service” model, WaaS costs are predictable and will scale with your business. If your organization expands or downsizes, WaaS will expand or downsize with it, on-demand.
WaaS does not mean one size fits all. Concero is focused on enterprise-grade WaaS solutions it can customize to fit specific use cases. These customizations can include: supported OSs, installed applications, AD policies and permissions, graphics acceleration, and network/protocol configurations. Moreover, Concero’s WaaS does not compromise security compared to a DYI VDI deployment. All customer workspaces are isolated on dedicated network and compute segments and run behind multiple layers of physical and network security in top-tier, SSAE 16 SOC 2 certified data centers.
To learn more about Concero Workspaces and our WaaS offering please contact [email protected] or call us toll free at 1.866.326.4857.
*Workspace-as-a-Service (WaaS) is also known as Desktop-as-a-Service or DaaS. DaaS has fallen somewhat out of favor somewhat as “workspace” is more inclusive of all the elements associated with the service beyond the delivery of virtual desktops.