Desktop-as-a-Service Constructs [Video]

The Desktop-as-a-Service opportunity is real and during and after my sessions at VMWorld many organizations, Service Providers and Integrators came to talk to me about their DaaS plans.

Project Catalyst is a prototype of a VMware integrated end-to-end DaaS platform utilizing View and vCloud Director with full multi-tenancy, elastic resource provisioning, self-service portal operation, and more“. Scott Davis, VMWare CTO for End-User Computing, has published in his blog an overview on the “Musing on our Post PC, Multi-Device World” that I recommend to read.

I am sharing here what I like to call “The 8 Key Features for DaaS”, where I build the stack that I personally believe any DaaS solution should oblige.



This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at



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  1. Hi Mate,

    I believe there’s now the option to install the view agent on standalone machines without addign them to a connection server for DaaS deployments by a service provider. Can you pint me to some info on that? Or is it part of project Catalyst?

  2. Hi Andre,

    Enjoyed your EUC1357 session at VMworld, but wondered why you covered the licensing situation for hosts and not for storage ? Microsoft’s current VDA licensing guide states:

    “…hosters need to ensure they isolate the hardware and other resources for each company. Any hardware running an instance of Microsoft software (OS or application) must be dedicated to a single customer. For example, a SAN device that is not running any Microsoft software may be shared by more than one customer; whereas, a server or SAN device that runs Microsoft software may only be used by one customer.” (Microsoft VDI and VDA FAQ v3.0, April 2012)

    As an MSP who would love to be able to offer DaaS for Windows 7/8, this means we have to buy a SAN per client – and says nothing about the situation if SAN virtualization is being used in the middle either. What are your thoughts ?

  3. @Doug Youd
    Yes, you are talking about VMware View Agent Connect.
    Find out more about this new technology at


  4. @Jon Waite
    Thanks for attending our session and I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    In my understanding a SAN device does not mean that you need multiple Storage Array Networks for multiple tenants. A SAN device may be a target device or an individual export in an existing SAN. This way you are able to store Windows VMs for each tenant using different LUNS, iSCSI targets or NFS exports.

    Other array solutions such as NETAPP provide features like virtual arrays that could be leveraged in this situation. IMO the key point is not to have data from one tenant touching data from another tenant.

    In saying that, I am not a licensing expert. I’ll reach out to David Stafford for additional information.


  5. Thanks Andre, we’ve had mixed/inconsistent answers back from Microsoft on this (it seems to depend who you ask) so would be great to get clarification.

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