Desktop as a Service (DaaS) involves hosting remote virtualized desktops through a remote server simultaneously. This makes IT tasks exponentially easier since there is no need for IT professionals to have to go physically to each computer in order to carry out repetitive tasks – for example, applying a major upgrade. Since all the machines connected to the cloud are effectively accessing the same applications and data, there is no need to apply upgrades or perform other major tasks on each employee’s desktop.
An overview of DaaS
In DaaS computing, each uses computer is a workstation in the cloud. Using the Internet, each user can connect to their own virtual desktop, even from mobile devices such as a tablet PC or even a smartphone. What each user sees on their device is actually an image of one of multiple desktops on a remote server. Being able to access this desktop from any device, anywhere in the world, gives users complete freedom and flexibility to carry out their work.
DaaS gives users the ability to carry out their work without needing an expensive and excessively powerful machine. Rather than having to purchase new memory or hardware components for each individual’s computer systems, processing power can be scaled as needed. DaaS systems will often mean lower management costs, significantly reduced infrastructure needs, and more effective IT management. Best of all, DaaS eliminates many compatibility issues and operating system issues, since everything is happening on what is essentially the same machine with multiple, virtual, simultaneous desktops. In fact, as long as your device has an internet connection, it has the potential to access any operating system and any level of data processing power.
DaaS Is Cost Effective
Technology expenditures are often some of the highest up-front investments when building a business and setting up an office. Rather than the high cost of setting up traditional workstations, virtual desktops offer the advantage of a lower cost due to the decreased need for processing power and hardware in each workstation. In fact, hardware costs in a DaaS system will often be less than half of purchasing traditional workstations, and operating them annually is also considerably less expensive. A virtual desktop lasts longer, requires no local hard disk and memory expenditure, and consumes less energy. Operating system upgrades and migrations can be prohibitively expensive due to having to upgrade the server and all desktop and portable computers in a company. However, DaaS allows companies to invest less in each upgrade and extend the life of their hardware.
DaaS Is More Secure
Traditional workstations have a basic security disadvantage, sensitive data needs to be stored in each workstation. Due to the fact that this data is distributed among numerous memory devices means that it is more vulnerable to hacking, loss, or even natural disasters. Virtual desktops do not require storing data in multiple hard disks, so this means that there is simply no data available to be stolen, lost, or destroyed. One of the most common causes of data loss comes from computer users themselves. A lack of proper computer security understanding can lead to malware infestations which can lead to viruses and worms entering an office’s network. With a virtual desktop, this risk is almost nonexistent and, thanks to being able to update and back up a single location rather than each workstation, maintaining a company’s data security is easier and more effective. DaaS can be an effective backup and disaster recovery aid in itself.
DaaS Allows Greater Mobility and Flexibility
DaaS is one of the best resources for remote workers. Being able to transfer seamlessly from a home computer to a mobile device to an office computer with all the same windows staying open and the same applications running continuously is the greatest advantage of DaaS. Using any device, workers can access their own virtual desktop without having to interrupt their work or carry around data in removable memory drives or other, similar devices. For frequent travelers, businesses that require constant mobility, freelancers, and workers from home, DaaS is the best possible solution. DaaS also allows scaling of resources and quick implementation of changes to software and applications while also eliminating compatibility problems.
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