Five things you need to know about Desktop-as-a-Service

Introducing hosted desktops into your firm is a smart move leading to a wealth of benefits including increased flexibility, scalability, productivity, efficiency and resilience. And by using Desktop as a Service (DaaS) to run your set up, everything you need is hosted in the cloud and managed by your service provider. So, you pay a subscription to your vendor, and they make sure the whole thing works. But what do you need to know to make sure DaaS is right for your firm?

  1. There is no one-size fits all approach

Setting up DaaS and providing a secure virtual desktop via a range of devices is simple. But just as no two organisations are the same, neither are two DaaS implementations. Different firms have different needs and priorities, so you need to make sure that your solution works for you. At Key, we take the time to get to know your business and then tailor our service and support accordingly.

  1. DaaS is secure

One of the benefits of DaaS is security. Indeed, while some organisations are still concerned about moving to the cloud – often because of headlines about cybercrime – in almost all cases, where a breach has occurred it’s because of a poorly designed and maintained system – not the weakness of the cloud. In fact, with robust cloud encryption, storing data in the cloud can be safer than storing it onsite. So, it’s no wonder that 56% of IT managers cite improved security as a primary motivation for moving to the cloud. DaaS also helps to prevent data loss from lost or stolen hardware as the data is stored in a datacentre, not on the device. So, if a device goes missing, security measures can be put in place, and the data remains secure. At Key, we make security a top priority with cloud server services that consistently achieve the highest level of data safety and reliability.

  1. There is an alternative to DaaS

Historically, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) was the only way to offer a hosted desktop set up. With this approach, your IT team loads and manages a server, hosted in a datacentre, with virtualisation software. Today, some businesses still choose to use VDI. However, VDI does require significant investment in infrastructure and is complicated to set-up and maintain. On the other hand, with DaaS, you simply pay for the software you use on a subscription basis, without any long-term commitment. And, as your cloud supplier looks after everything for you, you don’t have to worry about employing any in-house VDI expertise and you save on ongoing maintenance costs.

  1. DaaS is saleable

With DaaS scaling up, or down, can take place on demand. So setting up accounts for new staff, and ordering more storage space or applications can be done in a matter of minutes.

  1. DaaS supports mobile working

With DaaS, your firm gets access to everything it needs, whenever you need it, on any device; regardless of where you are. This supports more flexible working practices and leads to increased productivity. And, with two-thirds (67%) of UK office workers saying mobile working is more important than a company car[1], it’s a compelling proposition.

 

At Cloud Geeni, we’ll work with you to advise on, and devise the right hosted desktop solution for you. We can also advise you on a hybrid approach which combines VDI and DaaS technology. To see how our excellent hosted desktop solutions work in practice, request a demo today.

 

[1] BT, The Mobile Multiplier, 2016