Which of the Top Cloud Service Providers Is Better for Deploying VDI?

Why Utilize Cloud Service Providers?

cloud service providersIt makes perfect sense to deploy your virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) on public clouds, utilizing the Cloud Service Providers. Doing so enables you to take advantage of their exceptional capabilities in scalability, high availability, and business continuity and disaster recovery—and best of all, all at very little upfront cost. But which of the three major pubic clouds—Amazon Web Services™ (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform (GCP)—should you choose? 

Why Amazon Web Services (AWS)

AWS is the most established of the three cloud service providers. Although officially launched in 2006, the AWS platform has existed since 2002. In one survey, it posted a commanding customer spend market share of 32.3% in Q4 2018. For comparison, Azure had 16.5% and Google Cloud had 9.5% in that same survey.  

Amazon’s head start as a cloud service provider (CSP) has enabled it to amass the largest collection of tools and services. This can be a huge draw, as companies won’t be looking for a CSP just to deploy their VDI infrastructure. They might have other cloud-based projects in mind (which they may or may not integrate with their VDI environment), and those projects might benefit from those tools.  

Why Microsoft Azure

Despite coming into the CSP arena eight years after AWS, Azure is no slouch. After all, it’s backed by several decades of tech experience at Microsoft. Coming from Microsoft is a big advantage by itself—most companies who are likely deeply ingrained in all things Microsoft will favor Azure for its perceived superior integrability with existing applications.  

Why Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

Although currently the smallest in terms of market share, GCP has the fastest annual growth (81.7%compared to Azure’s 75.9% and AWS’s 46.3%. One huge advantage of GCPparticularly for businesses whose IT projects are severely limited by strict financial constraintsis its pricing and discount offers. GCP was the first to offer per-second billing on both services and resources, and it’s very generous in handing out discounts.    

Cloud Service Providers – The Verdict

The top three public cloud service providers have several similarities, especially when it comes to the core services of compute, storage, and networking, which are really the basic requirements for VDI. 

Picking the best one for VDI deployment is only good for comparison’s sake. In the real world, you’d be better off choosing what’s best for your specific needs. It might even be better if you adopt a multi-cloud strategy. In fact, a recent survey showed that more and more companies are combining AWS, Azure, and GCP. So if it makes more sense to deploy on two or even all three public clouds, then your VDI solution should readily support that.  

Deploying VDI in the cloud with Parallels RAS

What you really need is a VDI deployment solution that’s architected for multi-cloud. In other words, it should be able to seamlessly deploy on AWS, Azure, and/or GCP. One particular solution with this capability is Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS). Parallels RAS is an affordable and easy-to-use virtual application and desktop delivery solution (including VDI) that readily supports multi-cloud deployments.  

Not only can it easily be deployed on all major cloud service providers—AWS, Azure, and GCP—it can even be deployed on private (on-premises) clouds, hybrid clouds, or on hyper-converged infrastructures.  

Testing out Parallels RAS is quite easy. Just grab a free 30-day trial and experience simple and multi-cloudready virtual application and desktop delivery. 

Cloud Service Providers References: 

Connectria https://www.connectria.com/blog/top-7-reasons-companies-are-moving-to-aws/ 

ZDNet https://www.zdnet.com/article/cloud-customers-pairing-aws-microsoft-azure-more-according-to-kentik/ 

Canalys https://www.canalys.com/newsroom/cloud-market-share-q4-2018-and-full-year-2018 

Datamation https://www.datamation.com/cloud-computing/aws-vs-azure-cloud.html 

WhizLabs https://www.whizlabs.com/blog/google-cloud-vs-aws/