Yes, it can. But instead of taking it at face value, let’s delve into details and know the reasons.
DaaS (Desktop-as-a-Service) is a cloud-based virtual desktop stored on a remote server. It securely integrates SaaS and legacy applications along with full Windows-based virtual desktops regardless of their location. Virtual desktops can be accessed through an internet connection via an HTML-based web browser or a secure application downloaded to a device such as a laptop, desktop, thin client or tablet.
So, why so much fuss about DaaS?
In fact, DaaS service is independent of device, location and network. This model allows multiple users to access a single instance of a software application. You can expect a better, stronger and faster response because it is a cloud-hosted desktop solution as opposed to data centre-hosted desktop support. This directly puts operational output high and adds to the bottom line.
DaaS on an exceptional growth curve
2016 Desktops-as-a-Service Global Market Trends published by Cirtix is a survey conducted from a service provider perspective. It gives insights about the trends of shifting to the cloud, growth within larger enterprises, and expanded services from service providers. Some of the major findings of the survey were:
- 70 per cent of respondents are anticipating DaaS revenue growth, and more than 10 per cent anticipating growth of over 50 per cent
- Larger enterprises are embracing DaaS and apps delivered as a service, with 13 per cent of respondents serving customers with more than 500 seats
- More than 50 per cent of respondents plan to move to cloud-based infrastructure in the next 12 months
- 37 per cent have introduced Office 365 as a managed service
Desktop-as-a-Service is turning out to be an extremely profitable model to meet today’s business requirements irrespective of the size of an organization. It continues to mature to incorporate evolving IT infrastructure models and new services. However, it is not hard to see it is quickly establishing itself as a better alternative to traditional PC environment.
Business Benefits of DaaS
DaaS improves accessibility
DaaS enables access to a virtual desktop from anywhere and on any device including PC, Mac, iPad, Android. The setup just needs to have an internet connection. This means your employees are productive no matter where they work. Besides, you can also continue using your existing devices – old or new – PC, Mac, Laptop, Workstation, Tablet etc. The trend of BOYD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) is also safe with cloud support as data is not stored locally. The administration of a project is also simple, as you can add and remove users as and when required.
DaaS enhances data security
With desktop-as-a-service, your data is safe, secure and free from corruption in your private cloud. Data is stored in enterprise-class data centres within Australia. The built-in backup eliminates the use of backup drives, tapes, software minimising data risk. Disaster recovery and business continuity are other components which enable your business to stay up and running in the event of a natural disaster or any unforeseen event like a pandemic. The built-in firewall, both at the network level and onsite monitors, protects your network from untrusted malicious software and applications. Managed Desktop Services include Anti-Virus solutions that effectively detect, prevent and remove malware.
DaaS makes data management easy
Life at work is easy when you know effective ways to manage data and applications. With the services of DaaS and cloud service provider in Australia, your data can be managed effortlessly. It provides a secure access point with flexibility of app and data management. The lost or deleted files can be restored without any trouble and you can easily deploy new applications. And what’s more? You can also select which users should access them. Besides, you and your employees can also have access to the latest Microsoft Windows and Office versions (Office 365 E3 plan) on the virtual desktop.
DaaS model is scalable
You can rapidly scale up desktops and applications when required and scale down when the situation demands. Scaling up and down is required in phases during a merger or acquisition, staffing part-time employees during peak seasons or deploying branch offices.
DaaS is a cost-efficient alternate
So, now comes the bottom line (pun intended)! Traditional PC environment can be expensive. Whereas with DaaS, you need no more servers in your office, therefore you need no more capital purchases. Desktop-as-a-service works on a classic subscription model which means you pay for what you use. With it, it is easy to track and forecast monthly (per user) costs. In addition, there are no additional charges to bother. However, the most critical advantage of using DaaS services is the quick realisation of high ROI and low TCO (total cost of ownership), so you gain across all financial, performance and risk areas.
Desktop-as-a-Service for your business
Empower ICT is a trusted Managed Desktop Service solutions providers to small and medium-sized businesses. Our fast cloud and hosted desktop provisioning system ensures that you can migrate your complete local or cloud-hosted IT environment to our DaaS platform not in weeks or months, but days. We have the required experience and team of professionals to serve large and small enterprises across all market verticals. So, if you are looking for business IT solutions, desktop-rich performance, interoperability with Microsoft Office 365, OneDrive, 3rd party business applications and security, you know we are there for you as the most reputed cloud service provider in Australia.