It has been a several years already that traditional workstations are being transformed and replaced by cloud desktops. This is not a new trend but we saw a great acceleration in 2020. It is one of the reasons of the cloud desktop acceleration because of the current pandemic situation.
Many businesses have adopted a new standard and let their employees work from home where they could connect to company’s cloud desktops and do their daily job without going physically into the offices. Imagine this just a couple of years ago? Not really.
The year of 2020 was definitely year of cloud desktops, but I don’t think it is finished. May IT admins discovered cloud desktops just recently so they will need to prepare projects of migration and transformation their IT infrastructure.
When you say virtual desktops or cloud desktops that are running in a remote datacenter, you might imagine a traditional virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with an administrator taking care of the VM’s performance, storage, network etc. It’s not exactly that nowadays with cloud desktops.
Desktop as a Service (DaaS) infrastructure is running in public cloud datacenter and it is the responsibility of the public cloud (Microsoft, Amazon or Google) to maintain the service operational.
Basically, they take care of the underlying storage, network and performance of the virtualization layer. The DaaS infrastructure itself runs as a cloud-based service provided by a DaaS provider. One such a DaaS provider is AnuntaTech that has a Desktopready DaaS service that runs virtual desktops with Windows OS.
SMBs does not need skilled IT administrators because it’s a DaaS provider that takes care issues. Beside that, some DaaS providers such as Anunta Tech, does provide 24/7 service desk and ticketing system to resolve any problems.
Flexibility of cloud desktops
The cloud desktop service is very flexible and scalable. You can scale up or down very easy. If the customer decides he needs 15-20 more cloud desktops for his coworkers, it’s just simply a question of minutes.
All he needs to do, is to log in to the administrator dashboard at Desktopready and add the number of desktops he needs. The system will automatically provision new desktops and update the monthly billing. If for any reasons the admin needs less desktops, he can just do the opposite operation. It is a ‘Pay as you go’ model with no long-term commitment requirement.
AnuntaTech and its DesktopReady offer is flexible, scalable and easy to use. Anunta uses Microsoft Azure to build, scale and operate with ease the cloud desktops at any scale. From SMBs to enterprise customers.
AnuntaTech is able dos deliver a custom Windows 10 desktops built on the Azure platform with all the applications you need.
Particularly interesting and cost effective are desktops that multiple remote users can connect to, each with a separate connection. It is basically a single VM with multiple remote connection so you’re sharing the VM’s memory, disk, network bandwidth or CPU. It is the same technology as Microsoft RDSH servers.
AnuntaTech has an offer with Windows virtual desktops (WVD) running Widows 10 at Azure, but other cloud platforms are also available if you peref. There are VMware Horizon View Desktops at VMware Cloud on AWS or also a Citrix Desktops. You have a wide choice of options where the desktop image is tailored and personalized to fit your needs. It is pre-installed with your apps, and prepared for the use within the cloud datacenter.
The cloud computing vendors continued to show growth and number were up during the whole year of 2020. The second part of the year was also heavily impacted by COVID-19-related shutdowns and business layoffs. During that period, we could see a double-digit cloud growth.
I don’t know like you, but I think that if we one day get out of this pandemic, the working standards will not go back to how we use to work. So, we can expect the number of DaaS providers to grow and the number of cloud desktops to grow as well.
I think that over time, we will solve the bandwidth and connection reliability problems and have low-latency access to cloud desktops that will give us feeling like we’re working on a physical system next to our chair.
Of course, not all countries are having the same network conditions, but each year we can see much improvement in technology and investments from the cloud vendors willing to get us the access to cloud desktops as fast as possible.
The architecture of cloud desktops?
You may wonder how the overall architecture looks like and how AnuntaTech helps customers with onboarding and planning the migration.
The overall infrastructure of cloud desktops with AnuntaTech looks like this. On the left side we have some customer on-premise infrastructure with an internet connection.
On the right side we have Microsoft Azure public cloud where we can connect via remote connection. The connection between the customer and the public datacenter is encrypted.
AnuntaTech helps with the planning, preparing the cloud desktops with software and onboarding and migration of users. They also provide 24/7 helpdesk.
The year 2020 was clearly the year of cloud desktops. But the trend has not stopped as we will see more and more adoption from customers.
Cloud desktop infrastructure managed by public cloud providers and DaaS managed by DaaS providers are two main responsibilities that the customer does not have to take care anymore. DaaS clearly simplifies the IT management by easing the tasks of IT admins.
Cloud-based desktops and Pay-as-you go DaaS infrastructures are very efficient as it does not need any initial investment for buying new hardware. You can scale up and down easily and pay only what you use with monthly billing.
While cloud-based desktop sounded really fancy just a couple of years ago, starting 2020 this won’t be a true statement anymore.
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