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5 reasons why you should adopt Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS)

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Companies of all sizes are exploring digital workspace solutions to become more agile and flexible to tackle present and future disruptions. But the associated complexities, high initial capital expenses and long deployment times often pose hurdles, and even derails, organizations’ efforts to switch to a robust and mobile digital workspace from a traditional workplace.
Even those who have successfully moved to a virtualization-based digital workspace are on the constant lookout for ways to optimize their IT management and overheads.

Desktop-as-a-Service is a secure and better alternative to conventional PC-based computing and mitigates concerns associated with a conventional virtualization-based infrastructure. DaaS is a cloud offering where a service provider delivers virtual desktops to end users over Internet on usage-based or per-user-based subscription. DaaS aims at making life easy for both end users and IT teams.

Here are 5 reasons why your organization should adopt DaaS:

Reduce IT teams’ burden

IT teams of all companies often face the challenging task of managing and supporting a broad number of laptops and desktops with locally installed software. With distributed workforce having become the norm, IT teams’ woes have only compounded, as they have to ensure regular software updates, security fixes, troubleshooting, data backup of several endpoints across many physical locations. In conventional VDI-based infrastructure, finding the right admins and architects by itself can be challenging and typically requires more expertise.

With DaaS, users no longer need to install or locally run any application on their device and all conventional IT management activities will be taken care of by the service provider, resulting in significantly low burden on IT teams.

Pay as you go

Setting up conventional VDI or any secure end-user computing infrastructure is not just a very complex process, but also requires high initial capital investments. In addition to the high capital, IT management and support costs add up, resulting in high total cost of ownership (TCO). This high TCO associated with virtualization is one of the biggest barriers for organizations looking to go virtual.

DaaS solves this problem with its pay-as-you-go model, with its subscription-based licensing model. DaaS allows organizations to pay only for what they use, in some cases depending on when they use as well.

Reinforce data security

Data residing in user endpoints poses huge security concerns for organizations, as it can be intentionally or intentionally leaked without an organization ever getting to know. In a distributed workspace scenario, risks around endpoint data protection are even greater as organizations have hardly any control over their user devices.

DaaS mitigates such data security risks as data is secured in a data center and never enters users’ devices. Leading DaaS service providers integrate a variety of strong security features like facial authentication-based MFA, device entry control, etc. DaaS eliminates the risks posed by potential device theft as well.

Scale up or scale down with ease

Scaling up or scaling down – whether it is physical systems or conventional VDI is a challenge for organizations. The modern business environment is more dynamic than ever. Seasonal fluctuations, special projects, mergers & acquisitions – all make forecasting resource needs very hard, and prevent organizations from being as agile as they need to be.

DaaS provides instant scalability to address unforeseen needs and ensures cost optimization. Leading DaaS providers ensure that even a very large number of new users can be onboarded within 1-2 days.

Enjoy the benefits of BYOD

BYOD is being increasingly sought by end users as it offers them a much greater deal of empowerment by enabling them to work from anywhere using their own device. BYOD is beneficial for employers too, as it ensures business continuity and provides better operational agility. But BYOD does pose a lot of security risks and administration concerns for organizations. Enterprises in large are skeptical about BYOD because of the loss of control they will have to endure.

DaaS mitigates the risks posed by BYOD as all applications run in the service provider’s infrastructure, and remain totally isolated from the user devices. Organizations can exercise maximum control over their data and applications and in turn ensure top notch security. DaaS also eliminates the typical device management associated with BYOD.