Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is a form of virtual desktop infrastructure in which desktops are hosted virtually in the cloud, giving users access to their applications and data from any internet-connected device.
Companies are increasingly embracing DaaS technology in place of traditional VDI for the many benefits it provides. Let’s look at DaaS benefits in more detail.
Consider all the costs associated with a traditional IT setup: hardware and software upgrades and maintenance, data security, additional space for a growing data center, replacing technology. DaaS eliminates the need for extensive IT infrastructure and dramatically reduces IT costs. Built on a predictable pricing model that is scalable, you only pay for the service you need with DaaS technology. Software like MS Office, Exchange, and SQL is delivered to users securely via the web—no patches, upgrades, or maintenance required, ever.
Better use of IT resources
DaaS simply doesn’t require the same level of IT experience as does the old client-server model or the newer virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). DaaS enables companies to scale back on IT staff and better utilize existing talent—IT staff is freed up to work on growth initiatives and transformative innovation. DaaS technology is also ideal during mergers and acquisitions, dramatically reducing the time and complexity of integrating new employees into existing systems.
Employees are working on the go more than ever today. Offering flexible schedules and the ability to work remotely makes your businesses more competitive, especially with millennial workers, who have different expectations from the workplace than those of prior generations. With DaaS, employees can work from any place in the world, day or night, from virtually any internet-connected device.
With DaaS, hosted desktops can be launched and scaled to the needs of a company in a fraction of the time of traditional VDI. Since all applications are running on all systems, compatibility issues are eliminated. Software, applications, and updates can be deployed in minutes or hours rather than days.
Improved end-user experience
DaaS provides streamlined, uninterrupted service for users. The ability to use preferred devices like tablets, personal notebooks, and smartphones is increasingly important to users—especially younger professionals who grew up using mobile technology. DaaS also improves user experience by eliminating the need to wait for helpdesk support to resolve problems, upgrade software, or install security patches.
DaaS improves security by maintaining all data and applications in a central location. Data stored on-site is more vulnerable to hacking and corruption, and lost or stolen devices containing sensitive data can cause security nightmares, while data stored in the cloud can easily be moved or wiped before it gets into the wrong hands. BYOD security can be managed through a consistent set of protocols across all mobile devices, regardless of operating system or hardware.