Reasons you should consider Desktop as a Service
Businesses looking to leave a mark in today’s highly competitive market require efficient technology that goes beyond day-to-day operations and addresses organizational goals. But because business owners don’t have much time, adopting innovative technology is often put in the back burner. And even if they did, they aren’t necessarily experts who keep up with the latest tech trends.
One way businesses can simplify their computing requirements is by using a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), a service that allows users to access and use a desktop environment from a hosted data center. And with Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), a subscription-based service wherein a cloud service provider manages the client’s VDI, they’d have even lesser need to manage their own infrastructure. It is responsible for back-end tasks such storing, securing, and backing up data while ensuring regular system upgrades. However, these aren’t the only perks DaaS provides businesses with.
Looking at the benefits of desktop as a service, there are a few key points to explore.
- Cost Effectiveness
One of the key benefits of virtual desktops, compared to traditional workstations, is that DaaS can dramatically reduce the total cost ownership (TCO). According to an IDC white paper, desktop as a service can reduce hardware ‘Capital Expenditure (CAPEX)’ by 56% annually and reduce the ‘Operating Expenditure (OPEX)’ annually.
On average, a virtual desktop costs 2 times less than a traditional PC due to its longer life, absence of a local hard disk, and reduced power consumption.
Windows 7 upgrade and migrations are forcing organizations to investigate expensive upgrades of both the server, desktop and laptop estate. Virtual desktop service, on the other hand, enables companies to reuse their existing hardware and extend the life of the investment they have already made.
- Reinforced security
Businesses with a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy need to realize that computers can be hacked into, lost, or stolen anytime. Allowing employees to store crucial business files on their own unsecured devices increases the risk of data breach. With Desktop-as-a-Service, you won’t have to worry about loss because data is stored in the data center, not the device.
Also, cloud desktops are unable to host malicious files and impede virus infiltration through remote displays. And since system updates are centralized, businesses benefit from a streamlined data backup and synchronization processes, and simplified compliance.
Ever tried to work from home but forgot your USB stick containing all your recent work documents at the office? Now think about hibernating your virtual desktop at the office and resuming that same virtual desktop at home with all your windows still opened. Moreover, desktop as a service keeps remote workers connected.
With a virtual desktop, you can access your complete personal PC desktop experience from anywhere, using any device, including iPads, Macbooks, tablets and other mobile devices, as well as your existing desktops, laptops and thin clients. You can access both Microsoft Windows and Linux-based operating systems on your device.
- High Responsiveness and Agility
DaaS is dynamic by nature and makes provisioning and scalability much easier, which is ideal for businesses on a rapid expansion curve or those that want the ability to quickly seize opportunities. This may be in form of adding new applications/solutions to the hosted desktop environment or increasing the capacity of online hosted desktops.
- Better Flexibility
Some businesses have varying resource needs such that they need to scale up to meet demands of peak business periods but want to scale down once the load eases up in off-peak seasons. DaaS solutions are more readily scalable according to organizational needs so that you’re only paying for resources used at that time. This delivers even greater cost-effectiveness.
- Greater Business Continuity
DaaS service providers typically offer uptimes of 99.99% and above, and they are able to deliver because of heavy investment in security, support and high-class infrastructure so that you’re assured of consistent access and good performance. In addition, centralized data backup merged with ubiquitous desktop availability gives a better alternative to conventional disaster recovery options, i.e. secondary local data sites/centers. This also reduces incidents of interruptions by travel or other factors since employees can work normally regardless of location.
- Improved Business Continuity
The ubiquitous availability of a desktop coupled with the centralised backup of data makes DaaS an attractive alternative to the traditional disaster recovery option of a stand-by secondary site. It also addresses the increasing issue of weather/travel-related interruptions to Business as Usual, with workers able to work as normal from a remote or home location.
- BETTER CONSISTENCY AND FUTURE-PROOFING
Staff across an organisation benefit from a common core desktop build (while still allowing for customisation), the same versions of applications, regular refresh, and continuous back-end investment, combining to deliver a unified and uniform environment and optimum user experience.
- Increased Productivity
Research indicates that Cloud-based desktop solutions can boost productivity by up to 20%. That is attributable to improved uptime levels, better performance and more opportunities for collaboration; but also the ability to work from anywhere, with hours lost from travelling or internal distractions able to be redirected back into work effort.
- Better Green Profile
A reduced need for new equipment, lower energy requirements, extended PC life, more flexible working, these can all help shrink a company’s carbon footprint and address environmental targets.