12 Feb Should your Business Move Towards Desktop as a Service (DaaS)
By 2013, 77% enterprises had already adopted cloud, while 17% were in the planning process of it. The ROI on cloud solutions makes the adoption process even more appealing. Right from the first year, companies are able to see a 58% ROI and this percentage increases to 433% by the fifth year. While the benefits of cloud adoption are multifold for both enterprises and SMBs, one-third of businesses are adopting cloud because it allows them to access the same information from multiple devices, which is also one of the major reasons why businesses are moving towards Desktop as a Service (DaaS).
DaaS is a cloud solution which allows users to access their virtual desktops from any device. Since the data is on the cloud and not on a specific device, users can access it from anywhere, as long as they have an internet connection. Also, you can easily revoke access from an employee when they leave the company or lose their device. Physical desktops may require large upfront payments and extra complexity which you may not even need, DaaS, on the other hand, works on a ‘pay for what you need’ model, like other cloud solutions, and reduces the upfront investments by a great extent.
Identify whether DaaS is suitable for your business
In a world of smartphones, tablets, and laptops, employees continue to access corporate data from their personal devices. While they may be doing it innocently to get their work done faster, it can still expose your company to big risks. Desktop as a Service (DaaS) can help you support the always on the move workforce without putting your organization’s security in jeopardy. But implementing DaaS all because it is the latest technology trend may not be the right call. You need to remember that DaaS is not for everyone. It can only be helpful to you under specific scenarios. Based on the type of your organization, DaaS can be useful in different ways:
SMBs – For small and medium businesses that don’t have an in-house IT department to manage physical desktops or VDIs, DaaS can be a great money saying option.
Remote workforce – If your team works remotely from different parts of the world, then incorporating DaaS can make it easy for your team to access corporate data from their personal devices and you can still ensure security for sensitive data.
One-off needs – In case you have a one-off project that may require extra desktops, then adding DaaS instead of buying new hardware just for a few months can prove to be more affordable.
Picking the right DaaS solution
To put it simply, DaaS desktops are like custom computers that are built according to the exact system specifications of the applications that you want to install on them. The biggest benefit of DaaS comes when it’s time to upgrade the system because with the entire hardware layer virtualized, it’s not as important as before, or as expensive. While the right DaaS solution will depend on your exact requirements, what you mainly need to look for is:
Of course, reduced costs and better security are other aspects that you need to look into. There are many service providers offering DaaS solutions currently, but Microsoft Azure is one of the best options if you are planning to run Windows applications.
The biggest advantage of DaaS is that you don’t have to deploy, manage physical desktops or worry about the upfront costs Though you should only opt for a DaaS solution which can provide you a fast performance for the software you plan to run.