Teradici Looks to Expand DaaS Footprint in the Cloud
Looking to jumpstart adoption of desktop-as-a-service Teradici this week unveiled the Teradici Pervasive Computing Platform, a cloud framework based on its PC-over-IP (PCoIP) software that is designed to make it simpler for cloud service providers to deliver desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) offerings.
Teradici CEO Dan Cordingley said that while Teradici has worked with both VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enable those providers to deliver custom DaaS offerings over a PCoIP connection, the Teradici Pervasive Computing Platform provides a more turnkey approach to delivering DaaS that can be implemented with a minimal amount of engineering effort.
Thanks to the including of application programming interfaces (APIs) and software development kits, Cordingley said the Teradici Pervasive Computing Platform enables providers to have maximum flexibility in terms of choosing hosting clouds, brokers, hypervisors and management tools.
While the vast majority of desktops are still deployed and managed locally, interest in DaaS has been rising steadily as the overall IT environment gets more complex. In addition, with the arrival of Windows 10 Microsoft has signaled its intention to manage Windows more like a service. That may stop short of managing the entire desktop, but it does signal to customers that managed desktop services are now a more viable option.
The degree to which service providers can make money delivering those services is also unclear. The Teradici Pervasive Cloud Computing Platform goes a long way towards reducing the cost of delivering DaaS. But if there’s isn’t enough demand service providers will have to make considerable investments in marketing and sales to drive the opportunity. The thing that is most different about DaaS today, says Cordingley, is that is can be delivered using PCoIP in a way that doesn’t wind up compromising the actual end user experience.
Obviously, there are a lot of advantages to DaaS in terms of security, compliance and reducing the total cost of ownership of the desktop environment. But all too often the internal IT organization that manages those desktops is reluctant to give up control of them for fear of losing their jobs. End users also have some lingering negative perceptions of DaaS as well in terms of performance and how much control of their individual desktop environment they wind up giving up. All things considered, however, many senior IT and business executives have grown weary of investing limited IT resources in managing desktops.
Put it all together and there is certainly room for DaaS in the cloud. The challenge is finding not only the right use cases, but also the customers that are predisposed to adopt DaaS direction in the first place.