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  • Licensing DaaS desktops is a thorn in IT's side

    SA, VDA and SPLA licensing terms make it difficult to understand how to deploy DaaS desktops and comply with Microsoft's rules. Even when you get the details sorted out, you might face a big bill for licenses. Continue Reading

  • How VDI hardware requirements differ from virtualization

    VDI has specific hardware needs that servers hosting other virtualized workloads may not meet. Continue Reading

  • How to make Windows licensing work for your DaaS deployment

    Depending on how you do it, desktop as a service (DaaS) has the advantage of fairly low and predictable costs. Still, some deployment models can up the price tag considerably when shops are forced to factor in Windows licensing costs. If you want to host Windows client OSes, such as Windows 7 or 8, you have to bring your own Software Assurance (SA) or Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) licenses; there isn't a Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA) for VDA, which shops need to run Windows client OSes. That makes hosting Windows 7 desktops about as expensive as doing VDI in-house. There is an SPLA for Windows Server operating systems, however. Using that model is how companies can keep DaaS costs low and predicable, but they do so at the risk of application compatibility issues that come with using server-based OSes. What's more, it doesn't benefit Microsoft to set up SPLA for VDA, so there might not be a fix in the near future, even despite changes to SA licensing rules. Continue Reading

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