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Physical, Virtual and Cloud Desktops: Is a Hybrid Approach Inevitable?

Desktop as a service, also known as cloud-based desktops, further blurs the line between workspace delivery approaches. I&O leaders must determine when a hybrid approach is the best option.

Introduction

The choice between physical desktops, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and desktop as a service (DaaS) is a function of multiple considerations. As DaaS adds features to narrow the gap with VDI, I&O leaders struggle to determine the degree to which DaaS will extend or replace virtual and/or physical desktops. To identify the optimal solution, I&O leaders must consider myriad factors including their organizations’ applications mix, solution complexity, data security requirements and user experience. This research offers advice for selecting a physical desktop, VDI, DaaS or hybrid workspace delivery approach based on a variety of scenarios.

Gartner, Physical, Virtual and Cloud Desktops: Is a Hybrid Approach Inevitable?

Refreshed 8 January 2020, Published 27 September 2018, Nathan Hill, Michael Silver

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