VDI is a Complex Tool, DaaS is an Insanely Simple Turkey, uh... Turnkey Service

by Amitabh Sinha on Nov 23, 2017 5:00:00 AM

We don't do turkey, but our turnkey Desktop as a Service is hot! Happy Thanksgiving! The entire Workspot team is grateful for all our wonderful customers and partners. We are blessed to be truly adding value for our customers every day.

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 So what's behind this notion of "tool" versus "service" when it comes to VDI? There's plenty of DIY (Do-it-Yourself) projects out there that you might enjoy tackling - everything from refinishing a cool antique to power washing your deck. If you have the right tools, these simple projects can be fun and sometimes they are even therapeutic! But trust me when I say that implementing enterprise-class VDI is neither fun nor therapeutic, and it certainly isn't simple. I have been down that road with thousands of customers, and most of them struggle with the high costs that come with complexity. The whole idea of buying a VDI "toolset" and then spending a ton of time and resources cobbling it together just doesn't make sense anymore - technology has moved beyond this outdated approach. Now, just as you summon an Uber or Lyft to shoot over to the airport or you have Whole Foods show up at your front door with a complete Thanksgiving dinner, you can also summon Workspot and our partners to deliver a complete, no-risk VDI service to your organization. No toolset required!

VDI is a Complex Tool 

Legacy Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions from Citrix and VMware are complex tools. You need to acquire a complex stack, buy some servers, some storage, find a data center or co-lo, hire some consultants, and 9-12 months later you have your first virtual desktop. That first virtual desktop can cost as much as $200,000. Why? In order to run a reliable service, you need to buy and implement highly available infrastructure including load balancers, servers, databases, networking equipment and lots of high-speed storage.

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And after 9 months you're still not done. You're stuck with operating a mission critical service. You have to worry about the availability of each component to make sure users can keep accessing their applications and desktops. You have to worry about the scalability of the system as new users come on board. You have to worry about troubleshooting racks full of components. And for the gift that keeps on giving - you have to continually upgrade each individual component of your deployment as new upgrades or security patches become available, all while making certain that upgrading one component does not cause other components to spin wildly out of control and cease to function.

Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is an Insanely Simple Turnkey Service

Workspot DaaS is an insanely simple service that delivers the first desktop in days and costs $50. We take responsibility for availability, scalability and upgrades. You don't have to deal with this anymore!

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At the end of the day, the value is delivering a virtual desktop to an end user. The key to Desktop as a Service is the turnkey nature of the service. Here are the essential elements of a turnkey DaaS solution:

  • Go live in days
  • Subscription pricing available in single year or multi-year packages 
  • Fixed price that includes the cost of underlying cloud infrastructure, so customers don't have to worry about cost fluctuations on a monthly basis
  • A customer success program that stands by your side as you make the unfamiliar journey to the cloud

In addition, the service needs to be enterprise class:

  • Uses your corporate Windows image (not just a generic desktop)
  • Joins to your Active Directory so it inherits all the security policies and GPOs
  • Connects to your network security policies, including MFA

Workspot provides the only enterprise-class Desktop as a Service solution on the market.

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We can’t wait to show you our innovative approach to enterprise-class VDI and DaaS. Schedule a demo and in 15 minutes you’ll rethink your approach to virtual apps and desktops! We can make life so much easier for you, and you'll be able to redeploy your IT talent to projects that are far more strategic to the business. 

Read the solution brief for more details about our turnkey, no-risk, Desktop as a Service solutions on Microsoft Azure.

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This post was written by Amitabh Sinha

Amitabh has more than twenty years of experience across enterprise software, end user computing, mobile, and database software. Amitabh co-founded Workspot with Puneet Chawla and Ty Wang in August 2012. Prior to Workspot, Amitabh was the General Manager for Enterprise Desktops and Apps at Citrix Systems. In his five years at Citrix, Amitabh was VP Product Management for XenDesktop and VP Engineering for the Advanced Solutions Group. Amitabh has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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