Microsoft Licensing & DaaS: You asked...we answered! Part 4 The Kitchen Sink

November 5th, 2012

We had so many fantastic questions following our recent Microsoft Licensing & Delivering DaaS webinar, that we've decided to follow up with a multi-part blog series.  Check back with our blog all this week as we answer your questions addressing everything from licensing, to hardware, to documentation and cost.


Q: So what's holding back the virtual linux desktop?
A: My own thought is that the general population are most familiar with Windows interactions based on 20 years of experience with it.  They know that if they click on an EXE file, it will “install”.  If they click on a ZIP file, it will open an archive.  A migration of the mass market to Linux is unlikely to occur in the short term.  This said, we are obviously seeing the adoption of Mac in huge growth mode for those that consume technology, rather than interact with it.  We also see incremental Linux growth as well, but mostly for the developer use case.

Q: If an organization wants to offer DaaS, does it need to approach Desktone or companies like Dell, Fujitsu...?
If an organization wants to host and offer a DaaS offering, Desktone offers a software platform  and rich knowledge base to enable this business.  If an organization wants to consume cloud hosted virtual desktops, they should approach our Service Providers like Dell, Navisite, Quest and others.

Q: Is there a way to offer this to non-business consumers?
A:  We do have Service Providers offering DaaS in the hosted personal model to end consumers.  We can put you in contact with an appropriate SP.

Q: How do you manage the dedicated machine issue?  You imply that you can do it with Desktone?
Correct.  The Desktone software platform orchestrates both the compliance for dedicated compute as required for VDA, and also allows for a shared compute model for Server based and Linux desktops.

Q: Who is/are Desktone's competition and what are your differentiators in this model?
A: Desktone is a purpose built platform for Service Providers.  This means that our differentiators are based around many of the core requirements that you heard during this webinar including full compliance with Microsoft licensing in a multi-tenant model, scalability from both a numerical and geographical perspective, a security model that allows the customer to manage their own networks and directory services without requiring trusts and an inherent role separation between the three constituents: the service provider, the desktop engineering team and the end consumer of the desktop.  We are happy to provide more information should you contact us.

Q: How does bandwidth affect the reliability of the DaaS delivery?
A: One of the differentiators of the Desktone platform is the ease with which you can try the service with a very small number of desktops.  This lets you monitor and exactly determine what the DaaS offering provides.  It is important to note of course, that a reliable network connection is needed for any cloud service.

Q: How do you deal with the distance between the backend application servers and the DaaS service.
A:  Some backend corporate servers are not sensitive to high latency (eg. Active Directory and web applications), while others such as File Servers providing CIFS file shares are.  The ease with which you can test the service at a small scale is an important component of the platform.

Q: How do you address bandwidth and the performance of the hosted desktop?
The Desktone platform is engineered for an easy try-and-buy experience.  One of the components of this is to validate the performance and bandwidth requirements  of the desktop using different protocols.  For example, a task worker might be able to work with RDP, while a power worker would want a premium protocol like PCoIP.  The ease with which you can test and compare this is important.

If you have additional questions, ask them here and our CTO Danny Allan will answer them.

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As Sr. Director, Technical Marketing for VMware [formerly Desktone], Danny Allan is responsible for developing VMware’s technical and service delivery strategy for DaaS.
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