Nobody imagined on January 1st, 2020, that the term “unprecedented” would become a cliché for everything that the year might bring. It’s quite logical that the tectonic global shift towards remote and hybrid work has resulted in a tremendous surge in cloud usage, particularly Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), with further growth through 2021. Here are a few predictions about the future of cloud desktops and information technology that are sure to drive the future of DaaS.
Hybrid Work Has Become & Will Remain The New Normal
The pandemic drove many who had been hesitant to enable staff to work remotely to reconsider. This worldwide remote and hybrid work experiment showed that workers may be just as productive working from home as they are in the office – if not more. Additionally, CFOs recognized the high cost of physical offices. Even when the pandemic and its consequences pass, most firms will anticipate that a greater proportion of their employees will continue to work remotely, encouraging them to adopt a hybrid work model.
The Rising Importance of Zero Trust
Continuous, large-scale remote workplaces tend to put immense pressure on the IT department, which is responsible for supporting end-user computing. Security becomes really crucial since even a single unpatched PC may expose a company to breaches – and updating them becomes more difficult when the PC is not linked to the corporate network.
It’s important to note that the pandemic prompted firms to adopt Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policies for increased productivity in the near term. As a result, they are now adopting zero-trust approaches to provide long-term secure access.
For instance, an increase in the number of businesses requesting access to Chromebooks has been noticed. They want the freedom to pick the best device for the task if they are provisioning endpoints. There is no one-size-fits-all arrangement, and businesses want more options. All of these needs may be met using cloud-based desktops.
Goodbye, Data Center
With an increasing number of corporate applications offered as SaaS or hosted in the public cloud, the on-premises data center is no longer the central hub. This trend has already started and is expected to continue well into 2022.
Basically, the value of centralized data centers decreases as the number of employees in the office declines. It’s critical to remember that the farther workers are from the data center, the worse their customer experience will be due to increased latency. By adopting the flexibility and simplicity of cloud services, organizations will eliminate the expense and complexity of having on-premise data centers.
IT executives are seeking cloud-based virtual desktop solutions to ensure safe, long-term remote employee productivity. As complex data center infrastructure undergoes changes or a full renewal, IT administrators will weigh the benefits of migrating apps and data to the cloud in order to remove or reduce latency. Additional benefits include competitive price, simple scalability, and enhanced security.
Multi-cloud has to be one of this year’s winners, and its continuous expansion is predicted as well. Historically, many consumers were bound into the cloud platform utilized by the SaaS product they purchased. However, the consumer now selects their universe (Google, Microsoft, Amazon, etc.) first and then solutions depending on the universe.
As a result, it is even more critical for suppliers to offer several clouds. For instance, according to a recent Gartner poll, 81% of respondents operate with two or more cloud providers. Businesses want options and the flexibility to choose the cloud and solutions that work the best for them – which means SaaS suppliers must be adaptable and support multi-cloud environments.
These developments, taken individually, boost the feasibility and utility of cloud desktops. They will together change the user experience. Cloud desktops dramatically decrease latency, boost productivity, and enhance security. Organizations will benefit from more flexibility if they embrace a multi-cloud approach to meet their unique requirements.
These trends would continue to advance human productivity while highlighting the commercial advantages of DaaS. The move to cloud desktops will also benefit the IT department. While nothing is certain in the IT industry, based on what’s been observed this year, 2022 seems to be a strong year for DaaS and cloud desktops. So, contact our experts at Accops and join the movement as we enter the world of DaaS.