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Why building a cloud-native desktop service is a different game to VDI

May 17, 2018 / Harry Labana

Since virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and remote desktop session host (RDSH) technology has been available, vendors have offered on-premises solutions. Because these companies have made a name for themselves, most people familiar with the VDI space assume that the vendors who’ve been in the game for a long-time must lead sales in desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) solutions as well. That’s a reasonable assumption, but it happens to be wrong – and the reason says something important about what the cloud has done for VDI technology. It’s something every CIO needs to know. In reality, Amazon WorkSpaces’ flavour of DaaS generates at least 10 times more revenue than the two leading on-prem vendors combined on public cloud infrastructure. That’s pretty amazing, since Amazon WorkSpaces was launched just a few years ago. About 10 years ago, on-premises VDI/RDSH solutions generated approximately $3 billion in revenue. Today, the growth rate for on-premises solu...