In this mobile business world we live in, businesses spend time and money on developing alternatives for the members of their work force that work remotely -- whether that's due to business travel or for staffers who work remotely from home offices. Mobility becomes a bigger consideration for the business world every day, especially the herculean task of providing secure access to the business information and applications remote workers need to function as productive team members. That, in turn, means it's important to understand the value of the Desktop-as-a-Service Cloud offerings. So read on for the five things we thought you should know about Virtual Desktops.
The Cloud provides an answer. It seems that Cloud computing can provide just about everything as-a-service these days, including virtual Desktop-as-a-Service. In fact, Desktop-as-a-Service often provides advantages over the traditional on-site desktop.
- Centralized Management. Data Centers in the Cloud computing world are modern, updated, running the latest technology so businesses need not worry about buying additional infrastructure, hardware upgrades, software maintenance or security issues. They only need to concern themselves with what goes on the virtual desktop: the applications and tools that make the business profitable. Centralized management means new desktops take minutes instead of the hours of maintenance required under traditional network desktops.
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). The virtual desktop created with the Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) model allows employees to access the desktop and its applications from any device -- whether that's their personal mobile smart phones, tablets, laptops, notebooks -- or even their home desktops.
- Scale up or down easily. Whenever a new project means providing additional devices for independent contractors of one stripe or another, adding and removing desktop access is easy to do. IT no longer needs to load applications on each device. With the Bring Your Own Device concept, IT does not even provide the additional devices. The temporary employees or contractors use their personal devices and access the same applications and tools that permanent employees access from their devices.
- Easy Peasey. Setting up a virtual desktop has three simple steps: create the desktop, assign a user ID for the new employee/contractor, and let them begin using the DaaS. DaaS does the rest.
What if different staff members need different access rights and applications? That's easy, too. DaaS allows your business to use imaging and desktop management to provide multiple desktops for users that have different access rights and application needs. For example, the finance department may want access to the software applicable to their sensitive financial tasks kept hidden from engineering or the general clerical staff. The DaaS solution creates and manages the images and desktops that you determine applicable to each appropriate employee group.
What if we need 24/7 support? The DaaS concept means you have a data center connection that provides expert support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our experts can update and patch your applications, and help carryout other required maintenance like upgrades. The DaaS support staff can handle all administration for the virtual desktops, including adding and removing desktops.
How secure is our data? You no longer have to worry about keeping up with the desktop security issues that once plagued your network. There simply is no data for staff to lose or data hackers to steal from your network. All data stores on the remote Cloud servers which we continuously update for maximum security.
How costly is the Desktop-as-a-Service? DaaS means reduced capital expenses as well as lower operating expenses. No need for expensive infrastructure and the everyday support required for traditional desktops. Operating expenses for security reduce, too, since DaaS handles data security at the remote server level and supports the virtual desktops internally in the Cloud computing realm.