Offering Cloud Services through the VMware Horizon DaaS Platform

The VMware Horizon Desktop as a Service (DaaS) Platform allows delivery of virtual workspaces via the cloud. Offered exclusively via VMware-certified service providers, the platform enables provisioning of full or shared Windows desktops and applications that are accessible from anywhere, using any device. While it can help organizations transition from the traditional desktop model to a fully managed desktop model on the cloud, the platform has its limitations.

Definition of DaaS

In DaaS, service providers deliver virtual desktops and applications to end users over the internet, with clients paying a fixed monthly fee per desktop and/or application. The infrastructure, network resources, and storage are all on the cloud, and virtual desktops are streamed to user devices via web browsers or some other software.

Like on-premises, traditional virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs), DaaS supports persistent and non-persistent desktops. The former is appropriate for users who require their machines to look and feel like personalized computers, while the latter works for users who need to have their settings reset when they log off at the end of the day or after the session.

While larger organizations may prefer handling infrastructure management under DaaS, smaller organizations may want to outsource management to their service providers as well. This way, they don’t have to worry about the infrastructure anymore, trusting the provider to keep it running for them. Infrastructure management services may encompass maintenance, backups, updates and storage upgrades, depending on the arrangement between provider and client.

The advantages of DaaS over traditional computing include:

In the case of VMware Horizon DaaS, service providers use the platform to provide their clients with the benefits of DaaS.

Features of the VMware Horizon DaaS Platform for Service Providers

With VMware Horizon DaaS, service providers gain the following benefits:

Limitations of and Issues with the VMware Horizon DaaS Platform

VMware Horizon DaaS also has its share of limitations, including:

VMware Horizon DaaS is also beset by some long-standing issues that may require extensive troubleshooting on the part of service provider personnel.

How Parallels RAS Helps Organizations Manage Their Hybrid Cloud Setups

A hybrid cloud uses a mix of on-premises and cloud computing to deploy virtual desktops and applications across an organization. While the VMware Horizon DaaS platform is targeted specifically at service providers, organizations that want to deploy a hybrid cloud on their own can do so with Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS).

Aside from hybrid cloud deployment, Parallels RAS supports VDI deployment on-premises or on the cloud, or in hyperconverged infrastructures, where desktops are generated on demand and deployed on the fly. It also offers full integration support for Windows Virtual Desktop.

With Parallels RAS, organizations can use a single, centralized console to mix and match different workloads using their preferred deployment model.

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