When we talk about the difference between desktop as a service (DaaS) and software as a service (SaaS), it’s important to not only highlight the difference between the two services, but also whether companies should be implementing one or the other based on their needs and IT infrastructure.

What is SaaS?

SaaS is essentially a Cloud-based version of a single piece of software (or a software package) that is delivered to end users via the Internet. The end user does not own the application, and it is not stored on the end user’s device. Instead, the end user accesses the application as a subscription model and generally pays for licenses based on the number of users that need to use the application.

SaaS is easy to manage and use so long as you have an internet connection and a device with enough RAM to run the program. The other benefit is that end users do not have to worry about updating or upgrading their programs to newer versions as this is handled by the host.

What is DaaS?

DaaS is a hosting service that provides businesses a virtual desktop that allows users to access all of their business applications that live on their desktop (and, associated data) from anywhere and on any device. The cool part about this? A lot of applications in the cloud just don’t have the same capabilities as their desktop counterparts. And, DAAS allows businesses to maintain all of the same functionality provided by the software without  sacrificing control over any of their data. Nor does the business have to host the applications or maintain complex infrastructure. 

The Bigger Question: Which Should You Use?

Should your company use DaaS or SaaS?  The better question is, why not use both? It’s true that Cloud-based SaaS software offers businesses the flexibility to use their applications without having to host the applications, but DaaS also provides a host of other benefits. The truth is, most businesses need a hybrid solution that leverages the capabilities of both DaaS and SaaS. Using both services enables them to access the functionality they need to be effective while maintaining the seamlessness and security of having all their business applications on one dashboard with Single-sign on, provisioning and employee auditing capabilities.

Here are some additional benefits of using both DaaS and SaaS:

  • Getting the best of both worlds: while SaaS provides reliable cloud versions of applications, DaaS delivers the full client application experience. Users sacrifice none of the features or functionality of their software for the flexibility provided by the virtual desktop.
  • Available applications: there are a lot of SaaS applications on the market. DaaS add another layer to the solution by allowing users to integrate over 1,000 software applications into a virtual desktop.
  • Better interoperability: SaaS applications can be integrated and used in conjunction with one another, but it’s often hard to get them to integrate and work together because of where they are hosted and how they are delivered to end users. With DaaS, the user’s entire desktop is virtualized and kept together, allowing applications to integrate seamlessly.
  • Flexibility and customization: When using SaaS and a virtual desktop, users can customize applications based on how they use them. Users are also able to take their applications and access them from any device, anywhere. It makes the user’s entire desktop stateless.
  • Control: DaaS allows users the option of storing all application data, user information, etc. within their own data center, giving them complete control.


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