The explosion in mobile device usage and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs have greatly increased the demand in businesses for cloud-based connectivity and solutions.
Desktop as a Service (DaaS) offers an easy and secure way for employees to continue working on the same Windows desktop, applications, and files as they move from desktop to notebook to tablet to smartphone and anywhere in-between.
Accessing cloud software such as Hosted Exchange and Salesforce through DaaS can add an extra element of enterprise management, regulation, and security compared to direct web access from a personal mobile browser.
It is the easiest way to deliver a managed Windows user experience on an unmanaged device.
Still not sure if DaaS solutions are right for your business? We have three reasons you need to consider before making your decision.
1. DaaS Is Cost-Effective
Especially for smaller enterprises, DaaS is a cost-effective solution that can relieve you from the IT responsibilities of maintaining your own infrastructure for virtual desktops and applications.
After setting up your hosted virtual desktops, the total cost of ownership for each workstation will be drastically reduced. It has been estimated in an IDC Whitepaper that DaaS can decrease hardware capital expenditure by 56% and can also reduce ongoing operating expenses.
Without the need for a local hard disk and the reduction of power consumption, virtual machines can cost half the amount of a conventional PC.
In a conventional desktop environment, new software can also necessitate costly hardware upgrades. The hosted nature of DaaS allows existing client hardware to remain unchanged saving money and time.
In addition to the savings on workstations, DaaS can take the place of your file server and/or domain controller.
By potentially removing the need for these 2 physical servers you are not only saving tens of thousands of dollars by not having to purchase the hardware, but you will also save on software, licensing, support, electricity, and everything else that comes with maintaining physical servers on-site.
“DaaS provides all the benefits of desktop virtualization while transferring the capital investment and technical difficulty to the cloud provider, who has the domain expertise to mitigate much of the risk,” says Simon Bramfitt, founder and principal analyst of Entelechy Associates.
While we were only able to scratch the surface of the savings that a DaaS solution provides, you can see that it will potentially save your company thousands of dollars in operating costs.
2. DaaS Is Scalable
Simply due to the nature of its system, DaaS is incredibly scalable, allowing you to scale up and down quickly as your needs change.
With traditional setups, user workstations and profiles add up quickly. Capacities are quickly reached, resulting in time-consuming changes and costly upgrades. And, upon removing a user, you suddenly are left with unused hardware that has to be reconfigured in order to be used by a new user.
DaaS eliminates this problem entirely.
As it is a subscription-based service, you’re rarely left with unused assets, always getting your money’s worth. Your business can remove users easily and you will not have to reconfigure the workstation before assigning it to a different employee, both of which save you money.
DaaS is ideal for your growing business because, like many cloud services, it can scale the system to your needs at any given time. Even if your business goes through periods of high growth, you’ll be able to scale your desktops without having to invest heavily in hardware.
Updates and upgrades can be applied instantly and with relatively little cost. This is far from the pain and hassle that comes standard with a traditional workstation infrastructure and is crucial to maximizing productivity. You’re likely to see an instantaneous upgrade in efficiency.
3. DaaS Is Mobile Ready
The ability to use any device, from anywhere is now possible with a DaaS solution.
For instance, a state trooper may need to photograph an accident scene with a smartphone, begin filling in a form on their notebook in the patrol car and then complete the report on a desktop at the office.
With DaaS, this whole experience happens seamlessly on the same virtual desktop.
The officer will save precious time by not having to transfer their form data and photographs between devices. Instead, they will be working in the same Window’s environment whether they are on their tablet in the field or working on a desktop back at the station.
Still Not Sure If Your Business Needs DaaS Solutions?
Here at Vintage IT Services, we have the expertise to assist you in moving to the cloud with DaaS Solutions. We can design, build and manage your cloud infrastructure for you allowing your team to work on the go and for you to focus on what you are good at.
If you are interested in finding out if DaaS is something that will work for your company, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!