Four benefits of Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) for small- and medium-sized businesses

Four benefits of Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) for small- and medium-sized businesses

Businesses looking to leave a mark in today’s highly competitive market require efficient technology that goes beyond day-to-day operations and addresses organizational goals. But because business owners don't have much time, adopting innovative technology is often put in the back burner. And even if they did, they aren’t necessarily experts who keep up with the latest tech trends.

One way businesses can simplify their computing requirements is by using a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), a service that allows users to access and use a desktop environment from a hosted data center. And with Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), a subscription-based service wherein a cloud service provider manages the client's VDI, they'd have even lesser need to manage their own infrastructure. It is responsible for back-end tasks such storing, securing, and backing up data while ensuring regular system upgrades. However, these aren't the only perks DaaS provides businesses with.

Enhanced affordability

According to an IDC white paper, desktop-as-a-service reduces hardware capital expenditure by 56% annually. When compared to traditional workstations, DaaS significantly reduces the total cost of ownership (TCO) due to its longer lifespan, the absence of a hard disk, and reduced power consumption. Virtual desktops also enable companies to reuse existing hardware and extending the lifespan of their tech resources, saving time spent searching for and installing replacements.

Reinforced security

Businesses with a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy need to realize that computers can be hacked into, lost, or stolen anytime. Allowing employees to store crucial business files on their own unsecured devices increases the risk of data breach. With Desktop-as-a-Service, you won’t have to worry about loss because data is stored in the data center, not the device.

Also, cloud desktops are unable to host malicious files and impede virus infiltration through remote displays. And since system updates are centralized, businesses benefit from a streamlined data backup and synchronization processes, and simplified compliance.

Improved mobility

With DaaS, working from home will no longer mean carrying around and possibly misplacing USBs containing critical business files. Just hibernate your virtual desktop at the office and access it from home. Virtual desktops ensure the same PC desktop experience from anywhere on any device, including iPads, Macbooks, tablets and laptops. You will have a choice of running either a Windows or Linux-based operating system.

Increased flexibility

Modern businesses are pressed for time, meaning new software, applications and updates must be completed in a few minutes, not days. DaaS can be quickly implemented, is scalable, and eliminates application compatibility issues.

Moreover, DaaS provides companies with a built-in disaster recovery strategy that gets desktops up and running in no time. With a virtual desktop, not only will you save money on IT management, but you’ll also help your employees to be more mobile and responsive.

To stand a chance against stiff competition, businesses need to know how to efficiently harness the benefits of cloud computing technologies like Desktop-as-a-Service. Charles IT is an experienced managed services provider that offers Hosted Desktops - DaaS solutions that help small Connecticut businesses grow through efficient IT solutions and proactive support. Feel free to contact us anytime; we’re always ready to help.