How does Desktop as a Service (DaaS) work?
Sep 17, 2020
With DaaS, the cloud services provider hosts the infrastructure, network resources, and storage in the cloud and streams a virtual desktop to the user’s device, where the user can access the desktop’s data and applications through a web browser or other software. Organizations may purchase as many virtual desktops as they need through a subscription model.
Because desktop applications stream over the Internet from a centralized server, graphics-intensive applications have historically been hard to use with DaaS. New technology has changed this, and even applications such as computer-aided design (CAD) that require an immense amount of computer power to display quickly can now run easily on DaaS. When the workload on one server gets too high, IT administrators can migrate a running virtual machine from one physical server to another in just a few seconds, allowing graphics accelerated or GPU-accelerated applications to run uninterrupted. GPU-accelerated Desktop as a Service (GPU-DaaS) has implications for any industry that requires 3D modeling, high-end graphics, simulations, or video production. The engineering and design, broadcasting, and architecture industries can all benefit from this technology.