DaaS Set To Take Off Originally invented and implemented to divide the huge mainframe computers, virtualization took birth in the 1960s. Soon after IBM implemented the technology on their mainframes, a surge in Windows operating system saw a huge demand for x86 servers which led to "distributed computing". This development in the industry implied that virtualization was put on hold. Increasing costs of end-user computing maintenance and servers meant that there was a need to look at alternatives. This is when VMware produced and marketed its own virtualization products. Although IBM used the technology to implement it on their servers in the mid-1980s, it was VMware that took it to the masses.

VMware re-introduced the technology to address the concern of increasing physical infrastructure costs in the late 1990s. This was a phase when disaster recovery started gaining importance due to insufficient disaster recovery options, which were proving to be a cause for concern across enterprises.

Expensive infrastructure paved the way for server virtualization which was an instant success resulting in adoption from all quarters of the industry. It was a stepping stone for virtualization to evolve, giving birth to desktop virtualization and VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure). Some of the definitions involving virtualization, VDI and DaaS are: 1. Virtualizing desktops is desktop virtualization. Creating a virtual environment within the desktop helps with various PC related activities, which will not affect the performance of physical desktop. Fear of data loss is nullified.

2. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) refers to creating virtual desktops in an organization, which are hosted in the data centers. VDI provides numerous advantages like workstation provisioning, centralized patch management and secured data.

3. Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) is the delivery of desktops over Internet on any device at any time of the day which could be accessed from anywhere in the world.

DaaS has gradually evolved from the shadows of virtualization to provide cost-effective desktop delivery solutions to end users who are otherwise concerned with the upfront infrastructure investments, which is necessary in case of VDI. While desktop virtualization is also referred to as a DaaS offering, the any device factor plays a major role in the evolution of DaaS.

DaaS is important for companies that are looking at saving costs on configuration and maintenance of desktops. With the evolution of ’Consumerization of IT’, enterprise users are now looking at different lines of operations within the organization to manage desktops. As telecommuting gains importance, DaaS will provide quite a relief to enterprises concerned with employee productivity. While in-house VDI becomes expensive, DaaS provides cost effective solutions to manage desktops via cloud. DaaS also provides centralized management of desktops thereby simplifying the deployment and onboarding of applications and users. All-in-all, this disruptive technology is set to take off and provide companies the much needed relief in maintaining desktops.

DaaS is the Latest Disruption Disruption in technologies is imperative. The level of disruption, however, is decided by the demand-supply canvas.

DaaS is disrupting the IT industry for good. Companies are now more focused on redefining productivity.

Applications are already being rethought for suitability and compatibility. Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) has encouraged companies to adopt DaaS thereby allowing the prosumer (employee) to be the owner of his/her desktop. Employee expectations reaching new highs with every passing year, companies are forced to rethink their policies. Unlike VDI which is touted to be expensive, DaaS has disrupted the prices in virtualization by providing cost effective desktop solutions. VDI has often been found wanting when the desktop is far away from the datacenter thereby limiting the boundary of usage. With DaaS, one can access the desktop remotely on any device, anytime from anywhere irrespective of location and its constraints as long as the device is connected to the Internet. However, in emerging nations this factor of Internet connectivity looms large on consumption of DaaS. While the developed nations have overcome this constraint by upgrading the network infrastructure, the emerging nations are gradually reaching that stage.

Success of mobile broadband penetration has had a positive effect on DaaS and will certainly play a major role in deciding the way it performs in the market.

Many anti-cloud proponents have often raised the question of security. It is believed that data security is a major concern but DaaS eliminates that fear by storing all of the data in the data center. It is more secure than a traditional PC where possibility of data loss is higher.

DaaS is still an infant technology in comparison to the other cloud offerings like DRaaS (Disaster Recoveryas-a-Service), PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service), IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) and SaaS (Software-as-aService).

This disruption is here to stay and perform exceedingly well and throw wind of caution to other virtualization technologies.

Allowing corporate accessibility to personal devices via DaaS will be the norm going forward.