Device-Led Vs Server-Led
It’s all about where you decide to store data: desktops, files and applications.
What’s the difference between
Device-Led and Server-Led IT?
If you’ve ever used a standalone computer running Microsoft Windows or macOS, you’ve experienced Device-Led IT.
Where it differs to Server-Led IT lies in where the user ‘things’ are stored (e.g. desktop, files, applications and even the operating system).
An alternative model using cloud technology that shifts an end user’s computing to a centralised, hosted location – meaning their desktop, files and/or applications can be accessed from any device using the internet. The OS is independent of the devices OS.
If you’ve ever accessed a Microsoft Office 365 application from multiple devices, or used an iPad to view a picture that auto-synced from an iPhone, you’ve experienced a form of Server-Led IT.
Desktop 365 is the complete Server-Led solution for the workplace.
The difference in pictures
Use the toggle to see how Server-Led IT differs from the traditional approach that most are familiar with today.
Desktop, files and apps stored on device.
Files and apps often also stored on servers.
See the how the Device-Led and Server-Led operating models stack up against each other.
Boot Up & Shut Down Times
Dictated by the device and its processing power.
Super-fast, scaled-back machines can be used with a single, simple login process.
Consistently super-fast broadband
Little or no data is downloaded to end user-devices; where there is, it’s easy to remote wipe.
Numerous (usually increasing)
One simple and secure sign in process to all work and applications saves time but is also far less risk.
No minimum requirements
Minimum connection requirement
Stream lag-free over 3G cellular network or greater.
Security & Compliance
All encompassing (with AI)
Long Lead Times
Time between patch availability and installation across network is lengthy due to testing requirements and user initiation.
Short Lead Times
Installation controlled remotely, not by the user. Testing is much shorter as environments are the same or similar. ⓘ
Disparate and uncontrolled
Dependent upon a variety of factors, including user ability to recall multiple passwords. Often difficult to manage.
Strong and all encompassing
Option to store files on device and on shared servers creates duplications. More duplications created when working remotely from other devices.
When always logged in to the same environment, users aren’t able and have no need to save files elsewhere.
End User Devices
Dictated by end user hardware/software requirements. Often have short lifespans.
Some Desktop 365 clients use much cheaper thin or zero client devices, Chromebooks and, in some cases, even Raspberry Pi’s.
Can be any spec, without the end user experience suffering; easily replaced or possible to implement Bring-Your-Own-Device model. ⓘ
What about the user?
If you’re curious how Server-Led IT differs from a user’s perspective, follow this simple step-by-step guide.
Adopting the new standard of desktop computing is quicker and easier than you think.
Schedule a free, no-obligation exploratory call with a Desktop 365 expert.