The problem is, how do you estimate the size of a market that’s so relatively new that it hasn’t yet been tracked?  Well, it turns out that some surveys have already been taken, and that there are also a number of “adjacent” markets that will convert to hosted desktops….

What is a cloud-hosted desktop? Desktop-as-a-Service? 

First, let’s define terms. Traditionally, your “desktop”  (typically Microsoft Windows) is the container for all of your personal and workplace productivity apps. It’s your customized environment with your data and personalization information – not to mention being protected by your security credentials.  This environment is also traditionally run locally on your personal hardware (laptop, desktop, etc.).

Enter Virtual Desktops. These can be fully-functional desktops – complete with apps, personalization and security – but their software physically runs on a server elsewhere… but typically somewhere on the same network in the same business, and typically on a server in a datacenter.  These server-based desktops are owned and managed by the company’s IT department, and then provided to each user.

However, the cloud-hosted virtual desktop goes one step further. It runs on a server, but perhaps in a 3rd-party data center that is off-premesis.  Its data and user experience is delivered over the public internet. The 3rd party is typically a managed service provider (MSP) under contract by the business to provide and maintain desktops. The user can expect an identical desktop & application experience… except all of the compute power resides somewhere in “the cloud”.