By Terry Cronin, VP, Cloud Services Division, Toshiba
Technology historians tell us that the idea of cloud computing dates back to at least the mid-’90s. That may be true, but the term’s more likely been in vogue since Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud hit the market 10 years later. In the years since, there’s been a steady and ever-growing migration to this model.
Still, in our business, a decade is eternity. That’s why what we should really be talking about is the next logical next step: solutions that don’t have to migrate to the cloud because they were actually born there.
That’s the best way to look at virtual desktop service (VDS), or Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS). At its core, this involves the outsourcing of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to a third-party service provider. And putting the multiple acronyms aside for a moment, it’s a discipline that offers significant opportunities to managed services providers.
First, a little bit of context. On a macro scale, the economy seems to be stabilizing. According to research firm IDC, worldwide IT spending for 2014 will grow 5 percent year-over-year to $2.1 trillion. Cloud-specific spending in particular will spike by 25 percent to more than $100 billion.
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