So what is DaaS? And does your business need it?
Like most “-aaS” acronyms, the “aaS” in “DaaS” stands for “as-a-service”. But what about the “D”. Well, that stands for “desktop”. Put it all together and we get “desktop-as-a-service” – also known as hosted desktop.
Desktop-as-a-Service is a type of virtual or cloud computing. A market in itself, the demand for DaaS has skyrocketed in recent years. In fact, according to business industry reports, the market size for virtual desktops will reach $510 million (£392 million) by 2022.
This extraordinary growth is driven by some very real benefits. But we’ll get to them later. First, here’s an overview of what DaaS actually is.
Using DaaS, desktop computers run on virtual machines on servers inside the cloud. That sounds very sci-fi, but it’s true. And it means that everything that would normally belong on an office computer or laptop (so documents, apps, files, data, etc.) now lives in the cloud.
Because this information is stored in the cloud, users can access their desktop from any suitable machine. In essence, this means that they can do everything they can do in the office from anywhere in the world.
As such, DaaS is inherently flexible, and allows companies to offer remote working, create better inter-site communication and collaboration and better support workers on-the-go.
Previously, setting up a working network required purchasing computer terminals, installing a desktop into each machine and connecting them together. This was time-consuming, expensive and required ongoing maintenance.
DaaS eliminates all of this hassle.
As with all cloud computing models, a DaaS service eliminates the need for businesses to manage back-end responsibilities such as data storage, backup, security and upgrades. Your provider will take care of all of this on your behalf, while you (and your staff) will be able to access everything you need to do your job from your device of choice.
Under DaaS, a remote server creates virtual desktops which can be accessed anywhere, anytime. The end result is a cloud-based network, which is properly secure, incredibly resilient and inherently flexible.
The types of businesses that will benefit from DaaS most are:
Organisations that implement DaaS can expect to experience some significant benefits. These include:
To find out more benefits of DaaS, see our article 8 Reasons Your Business Should Consider Hosted Desktop.
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