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What is Desktop as a Service?

By April 5, 2011July 16th, 2014Cloud Computing

What is desktop as a service?

Desktop as a service (DaaS), also called virtual desktop or hosted desktop services, is the outsourcing of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to a third party service provider. Typically, DaaS has a multi-tenancy architecture and the service is purchased on a subscription basis.

In this delivery model, the service provider manages the back-end responsibilities of data storage, backup, security and upgrades. The customer’s personal data is copied to and from the virtual desktop during logon/logoff and access to the desktop is device, location and network independent.

Related glossary terms: Windows Remote Desktop, remote desktop, virtual floppy disk, virtual hard disk (VHD), virtual desktop, client hypervisor, hot desking, checkpoint.

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