Why you should move your desktops to the cloud right now

According to reports, the DaaS (Desktop-as-as-Service) market will grow a whopping 29% by 2023[1]

DaaS – which is also called hosted desktop – works just like a standard computer desktop. You open your device and access all the files and applications you need to do your job. But, unlike a traditional desktop, all the necessary settings, data, and operating systems are delivered over the internet, rather than stored on the computer’s hard drive.

But what exactly are the advantages of the hosted desktop? And why is now the right time to make the move?

  1. Your competitors are already moving to the cloud

Early adopters of the cloud-based hosted desktop trend can expect to steal the march over their business rivals and get a competitive advantage. In fact, as early as 2015, 49% of organisations said that they planned to add a DaaS model over the next 12 months to help grow their businesses.[2]

  1. More data is already moving to the cloud

Today, most organisations either use some form of cloud data storage or are considering doing so. Not least because the cloud provides anytime access to information.

Indeed, cloud technology lets people stay permanently connected. Employees get access to everything they require, from any device (as long as it is connected to the internet).

What’s more, because data is centralised, staff can collaborate with others on projects and easily share files in real-time; regardless of where they are. Everyone uses the same files, in the same format, in the same place, reducing the amount of duplication within your business. Furthermore, when one employee makes a change, that information is immediately available to others. As a result, communication is made simpler, more efficient and more effective.

Of course, when it comes to business benefits of hosting data in the cloud, it doesn’t hurt that cloud servers have virtually zero downtime.

  1. More apps are already available via the cloud

Today, a new class of cloud employee is already shaping the future of the workplace. This development has been fuelled by the evolution of tech, changing employee preferences and shifting business expectations.

Crucially, these cloud workers spent a large portion of their day using browser-based business apps across various devices. And, they don’t want to have any disruption in service.

In response, businesses are evolving their approach to workforce technology to meet these needs. So much so that 81% are taking a “cloud-first” approach and/or prioritising cloud-based business apps.

  1. You must be ready for the mobile working revolution

Rapidly changing attitudes towards work are redefining the traditional office environment. Fewer people sit at their desks 9-5 than ever before; with mobile technology, hosted desktop solutions, and the shifting expectations of employees driving this change.

With a desire for mobile working established, it follows that meeting this need will help you to attract and keep talented people. Likewise, while salary expectations, pay raises, and bonuses are important to employees, 74% of candidates said they would consider lower pay if a company was deemed a “great place to work”[3]. So, mobile working could help you entice the best people, without you having to pay over the odds.

  1. DaaS is more secure

While security fears once stood between compliance-focused organisations and cloud adoption, this is no longer the case.

Today, reputable hosted desktop providers such as Cloud Geeni store everything in high security and carefully controlled UK data centres. What’s more, all the latest software fixes and security updates are implemented and continually protecting your system. And, with robust cloud encryption now available, in most cases storing data in the cloud is now actually safer than storing it onsite.

  1. DaaS can help you to keep costs down

As well as being free from the hassle of running and maintaining your own server, with no costly hardware to buy, switching to a hosted desktop reduces IT investment costs.

Likewise, storage capacity, processing power, memory, and network bandwidth are all part of a shared kit, so you get better equipment for your business, at a fraction of the price.

Cloud-based hosted desktop services are only going to become more prevalent. By moving to a Cloud Geeni workspace now, you can stay ahead of the curve and get better IT for your business.

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[1] https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/n6jc5h/global_desktop_as

[2] Citrix

[3] Chandler Macleod study