By now, there can be few business leaders who are not well aware of the benefits that cloud computing can bring. The events of the last twelve months have driven home the fact that a cloud-based working environment can offer unrivalled flexibility, adaptability and scalability, all whilst being extremely cost-effective. And, whilst for many organisations the rapidity of cloud migration was dictated by the effects of the Covid pandemic, the majority of these workplaces now plan to continue their new remote working practices.
The key Desktop As A Service players of 2020 have been found in the public cloud arena. SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) have all seen incredible increases in user adoption, and expert predictions for 2021 suggest that the market values of these three services will continue to rise significantly. With 2021 looking set to bring more developments of cloud-native software, the outlook has never been so good for the cloud or its users.
The Rise of Desktop as a Service
You may not be aware of one of the latest trends developing in cloud services, but this could be truly transformational for companies planning to continue remote working practices. Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is not an entirely new concept, but it is certainly beginning to garner attention this year.
With many businesses looking to replace their bricks and mortar premises with permanently basing employees at home, the usual company-wide hardware deployments will be replaced too, with staff increasingly set to use their own devices. This makes DaaS or VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) the ideal choice for the future.
What Is Desktop as a Service?
Simply put, Desktop as a Service is a type of VDI. Hosted in the cloud, DaaS delivers SaaS and non cloud-based applications securely to any device, regardless as to location. It streams virtual desktops with full operating systems across your network, within host-based virtual machines (VM) on a centralised server. With an internet connection, employees can access DaaS and download applications, and it can be scaled to suit your business’s evolving needs. Like other cloud-based services, DaaS is available as a subscription or pay-as-you-go model, making it a financially astute choice, too.
The Advantages of Choosing DaaS
The benefits of opting for DaaS include the scalability potential and cost-effective payment models already mentioned. It also boasts excellent accessibility, as employees need only an internet connection to use the service, and can do so from any type of device, including mobile and thin client. This increases employee productivity as a result, and offers great flexibility.
DaaS offers superb and consistent standards of service across your network, and protects your business from catastrophic data loss with the use of geo-redundancy as a fail-safe. It is extremely secure, and, in contrast to traditional VDI solutions, it removes installation and management issues, as this is handled by the service provider. Using DaaS can even extend the lifetime of your hardware, as its online nature places less processing strain on devices.
It’s clear, then, that there are a great many benefits to choosing DaaS for your business. Indeed, it is the perfect solution for future-thinking organisations with staff working remotely. With all of the advantages that cloud-based services can offer, such as flexibility, scalability, adaptability and cost-effectiveness, DaaS is a particularly good fit for businesses looking to partly replace or entirely phase out a physical workplace.
It’s little wonder that experts expect the adoption of DaaS to increase over the coming year, and could soon be seen as integral to businesses as SaaS and the other cloud-based services on offer.