04 Dec 2015


No, the title of this article is not referring to some sort of chemical formula or code for your bank’s vault. It simply talks about Disaster Recovery and what Desktop-as-a-Service means for it.

My IT infrastructure is full proof
Most companies think that disaster only strikes next door. In the unlikely event of a disaster next door having some effect on their own company, most of them believe that their disaster recovery (DR) plan will keep them up and running. Unfortunately disaster does not always strike next door, it can hit you right in the heart of your organization. If you add the fact that most DR plans are not really up to speed, you get a scary situation.
Most DR plans typically cover servers and networks and that is indeed important. Desktops however are often left unattended. A good DR plan that covers also your desktops is often so expensive that IT manager like to forget about it and opt to do nothing. But if your desktops go down, your employees could be out of work for days and you could loose valuable business.
With Desktop-as-a-Service, businesses now have an excellent tool to ensure worker productivity and business continuity, whenever or wherever disaster strikes.

Desktop DR is one of the most complex projects
Clearly, businesses need a disaster recovery plan for desktops. In a traditional approach this would mean setting up and maintaining a separate DR facility for your desktops. Unfortunately, such a second and separate facility is expensive and complex. Paying for, and maintaining, a second facility and duplicate desktop infrastructure is more than most companies can handle. On top, maintaining such a second environment is not enough. Your second environment needs to keep up with your production infrastructure. When the lights would go out, you cannot fall back on a secondary environment that is days or even weeks out of date.

DaaS = Your Desktop DR Insurance Plan
Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) is increasingly being positioned as the smart DR strategy for desktops. Essentially, DaaS is a cloud-based service offering that delivers virtual desktops to end users on any device and in any location.
Although these virtual desktops can act as part of your corporate Infrastructure, they are running in a secure offsite datacenter. All the vital infrastructure in running in some ultra secure remote location that is not impacted by any disaster that might knock on your door. All you have to do is pay a monthly subscription fee.

In the unlikely event of a disaster taking out your office and the remote datacenter in one go, a solid Cloud Service Provider has deployed a grid-based DaaS platform in a multi-geography, multi-data center approach. This means that your virtual desktops are part of a grid spread over multiple locations and are able to survive virtually any disaster. No matter which disaster strikes, your desktops will always be available, your employees will always have access to their desktops. Wherever they are.

Here’s why DaaS makes sense for desktop DR:

• virtual desktops are always available, even when your internal infrastructure is flat out on the floor.
• All you need to access your Virtual desktop is an internet connection.
• Virtual desktops are available from any location.
• You do not have to maintain a plan-B infrastructure.
• Your DaaS subscription scales with just a few clicks


In an always-on world, business can’t afford significant downtime. Workers not “on the job” for hours and hours are meaning losses. If you want to install a solid DR plan for your desktops without complexity and large Capex, consider DaaS. It’s simple, affordable and without complexity. With DaaS you desktops will never go out of business and your employee’s productivity will not suffer from a small or even gigantic storm.