In the old days, you had to be in the office and at your desk to do your job properly. However, thanks to new technologies like smartphones and the cloud, it’s become possible to get your work done from any place and at any time, as long as you have a secure and reliable internet connection.
As a result, today’s workforce is more mobile than ever before, with a growing number of people logging in from home or while they’re on the road. Between 2012 and 2016, the portion of employees working remotely in the U.S. increased from 39 percent to 43 percent, according to the 2017 Gallup State of the American Workplace report.
“New and emerging technologies are transforming the way work gets done,” the report states.
One of those technologies is virtual Desktop as a Service (DaaS), a cloud solution that allows you to access a desktop interface and applications from any device with an internet connection. Many businesses have opted to implement a DaaS solution to accommodate an increasingly remote and mobile workforce.
If you’re a business leader considering whether a virtual DaaS solution might benefit your organization, here are some essential facts you should know about this type of technology and the key benefits it has to offer your company.
How Virtual Desktop as a Service Works
Essentially, desktop virtualization lets you access a desktop operating system and applications separately from your desktop computer. You can use your applications and get to your files from any device (including mobile ones).
When you get a DaaS solution, the desktop operating systems typically run on virtual machines in the vendor’s data center, according to the TechTarget definition of DaaS. Usually businesses buy DaaS for a monthly fee based on the number of virtual desktop instances used. In the case of a fully managed DaaS solution, the cloud provider will handle data storage, backup, upgrades and security.
The Business Benefits of Desktop as a Service
There are numerous potential benefits to using a DaaS solution. One of our partners, RapidScale, cites the following as reasons to leverage its DaaS offering, CloudDesktop:
Longer hardware lifespan: Local machines don’t have to run applications and perform tasks with DaaS, so your current hardware will last longer.
Scalability: With a DaaS solution, you can add new users quickly and easily as your organization grows.
Greater mobility: As we mentioned earlier, this technology is ideal for mobile and remote workers, since they can access their virtual desktop from any device with an internet connection.
Cost efficiency: DaaS bundles licensing, upgrades, management and other expenses into one monthly charge, which can help your business spend less while getting access to updates automatically.
Security: DaaS providers like RapidScale can offer enterprise-grade security features to protect your data from threats like malware.
Less downtime: Relying on a cloud provider to host your data and applications means that you’ll benefit from the failover redundancy at their data centers. If one server goes down, another one will automatically take over.
If you’d like to learn more about virtual Desktop as a Service offerings from RapidScale and/or other cloud vendors, our team of experienced cloud consultants can answer your questions and provide you with an objective, comprehensive assessment of the pros and cons of each solution.
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