Find out what desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) is and what it can do for your business.
Desktop as a service (DaaS) is still new to most people, even those savvy IT-gurus who like to keep an eye out for the next big thing. But as time goes on, it will increasingly become an important facet of the modern economy that few businesses will be able to get by without. DaaS is going to change the way we conduct business by lowering the costs associated with harnessing digital technologies for commercial purposes, making it easier for employees to collaborate, and by securing data in an era where privacy and information security is of the utmost importance.
Here's how DaaS will revolutionize business as we know it, and what to expect going forward.
Say hello to virtual desktop infrastructure
It can be difficult for some to grasp the concept of DaaS, but the truth of the matter is that it's not too complicated once you understand the basic principles behind it. Virtual desktop infrastructure was once thought impossible, later thought too expensive and is now finally being recognized as a viable tool that businesses can leverage because of advancements in cloud technology. DaaS is sometimes called "hosted desktop services," because it effectively relies on allowing someone else to manage the storage and security of your valuable data and useful applications.
Amazon and Citrix have already made names for themselves as capable DaaS providers, but more players are likely to emerge on the competitive stage sooner rather than later, especially since DaaS is becoming more popular as time goes on. Perhaps the chief reason that many businesses are embracing DaaS in lieu of traditional setups is that it enables them to outsource security to a competent, capable third party rather than invest hefty resources in a tech-dense area that they are likely deeply unfamiliar with. In the future, rather than owning your equipment, businesses and individuals alike will effectively "rent" desktop services by the month, selectively choosing which features they need.
Microsoft's work in this area could lead us to say goodbye to PCs as we know them, but there are many doom-and-gloom predictions surrounding DaaS that fail to capture the true commercial potential of this innovation. When companies like Ekran System and others finally master DaaS and digital security, they'll actually improve the user experience of most people, while earning a tidy profit.
Local machines are outdated
One of the reasons that DaaS will revolutionize business is that it's already proving that local machines are outdated and unnecessary. Rather than storing information and crucial data on a local machine, which could be compromised, stolen or simply fall into disrepair due to office neglect, DaaS will permit businesses to store sensitive information safely at an offsite location. This will be very helpful when it comes to fighting data breaches, which is a growing problem that seriously threatens the profitability of many businesses that have grown immensely dependent on data and digital technology.
DaaS will also continue to become more popular as it permits companies to remain cost-effective as they attempt to further digitize their operations. Currently, many small businesses haven't been able to embrace the digital revolution to the greatest extent possible, largely because they lack the needed capital to expand. Given that DaaS works from most computers, however, it will permit businesses to enjoy very elaborate digital services without having to spend huge sums of money on expensive hardware, which employees may not make excellent use of.
It doesn't stop there, either. DaaS will permit businesses to spend less time managing and growing their digital infrastructure, as this is effectively outsourced to somebody else whenever you rely on DaaS. Take a look at how DaaS is changing the future of work, and you'll see that more CEOs will be instructing their CIOs to embrace the DaaS revolution as a way of rendering technological infrastructure issues a thing of the past. This could lead to greater network security across the board, too, meaning companies won't just be saving money but will also be ensuring their valuable data doesn't fall into the wrong hands.
The "as-a-service" model will become commonplace
Tech-savvy professionals will already be familiar with "software-as-a-service," or SaaS. The rise of DaaS will similarly propel the "as-a-service" model further upwards, especially if major companies like Microsoft continue to pioneer the technology needed to make it an affordable reality across the marketplace. This means that the cloud market will remain vibrant for the foreseeable future, as DaaS and other "as-a-service" businesses will heavily depend on robust cloud support to make up for the replacement of local machines.
This focus on the cloud will appeal to employers, who can use terms like "greater flexibility" when describing the extent to which DaaS frees up their employees. Rather than having to rely on local company machines which may be inaccessible if the office is closed, for instance, future workers will be able to plug their devices into the company network and gain access to the important data they need to make crucial decisions.
Understanding DaaS's relationship with the cloud is essential if you want to truly understand the ongoing revolution that's occurring before our very eyes. Still, pivoting to DaaS immediately isn't easy, and businesses will need to know how to embrace DaaS properly if they don't want to waste their money on a flashy IT investment that produces shoddy results.
Factors to consider before you pivot to DaaS
If you're interested in embracing the DaaS revolution, consider some important things before finalizing your decision. You should ask yourself how well you can integrate the DaaS model into your existing company infrastructure, for instance, as this could be a disruptive move that frustrates some employees. As long as all workers are technologically literate and well trained, however, they should soon embrace the DaaS model and the flexibility it delivers to them.
Given that DaaS depends on a robust internet connection to work, it may prove untenable for businesses with workers or a large consumer base in areas with shoddy IT infrastructure. Rural areas, for instance, may continue to be left behind when it comes to the adoption of the latest tech as far as DaaS is concerned. Users and employees who need access to huge sums of data or many files will also be entirely dependent upon their service provider for that access; if the network goes down, they may be locked out and incapable of doing anything meaningful.
There are many benefits to keep in mind, too, especially the fact that DaaS ensures you don't have to fret about a data breach should an employee lose a company device that they were working with. Given that DaaS provides services without hosting data on local machines, this will prove to be one of the biggest improvements to IT security to hit small companies in some time. Ultimately, however, any successful embrace of DaaS will take a team of tech-savvy leaders capable of explaining this technology to others, as we can be hesitant to embrace the unknown even if it offers improvements to our lives.
DaaS is already shaking up the marketplace, and we can expect more and more businesses to adopt this model in order to better protect their data and remain flexible in a competitive market.