Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is the provisioning of remotely hosted virtual desktops (HVDs) using a remote server to host personal computer desktops simultaneously. Fortunately, the days of IT professionals marching from computer to computer performing the same tasks on multiple computers are over. With desktop as a service, after a major update is integrated, there is no need to perform any employee-level tasks, either internally or remotely. Your machines are effectively the same, all of which access data and applications through the cloud service provider without storing anything locally.
When taking a look at the benefits of desktop as a service, there are a few key points to explore.
– One of the key benefits of HVDs, compared to traditional workstations, is that DaaS can dramatically reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO). According to an IDC whitepaper, desktop as a service can reduce hardware ‘capital expenditure (CAPEX)’ by 56% annually and also reduce ‘operating expense (OPEX)’ annually.
– On average, a virtual desktop costs 2 times less than a traditional PC due to its longer lifespan, the absence of a local hard drive and the lower power consumption.
– Windows 7 upgrades and migrations are forcing organizations to search for expensive server, desktop, and laptop upgrades. HVD, on the other hand, allows companies to reuse their existing hardware and extend the life of the investment they have already made.
Better security and compliance:
– The problem with personal computers in a business environment is that they can be hacked, lost or stolen. Virtual desktops address this problem quite simply. If there is no confidential information stored on any hard drive, or if there is no hard drive, as is the case with most thin client hardware, there is nothing to steal.
– While traditional PCs face the threat of users downloading malicious files and infecting the corporate LAN, the cloud desktop cannot function as a zombie host and it is quite difficult for viruses to infiltrate through remote screens. Therefore, rendering a virtual desktop carries a low risk in terms of security.
– Organizations with virtual desktops can centralize updates at the remote location; Continuous data synchronization and backup means compliance is now an easier task.
– Have you ever tried to work from home but forgot your USB stick containing all your recent office work documents? Now think about hibernating your virtual desktop at the office and resuming that same virtual desktop at home with all your windows open. Plus, Desktop as a Service keeps remote workers connected.
– With a virtual desktop, you can access your full personal 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 Microsoft Windows and Linux based operating systems on your device.
– Virtual desktops are quickly deployed and scaled. Deploying new software, applications, and updates takes minutes instead of days.
– The virtual desktop service can eliminate application compatibility problems with all applications running on all systems.
– Desktop scalability without additional CAPEX.
Additionally, ‘Desktop as a Service’ (DaaS) provides businesses with a ready-to-go disaster recovery (DR) strategy to get their desktops up and running quickly after any disaster. So with an HVD, you are not only reducing IT administration costs, but you are expanding the reach of your organization by making your employees more mobile and responsive.