The U.S. market for cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is expected to grow by 39% over the next four years. Secure, scalable and sinple to deploy, businesses are increasingly leveraging VDI through Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) in order to optimize their resources, enhance security and realize real ROI.
VDI works like this – instead of running a Windows system on each employee or contractor’s desktop PC, the OS can be hosted on a virtual machine in a data center. Workers use a thin client to connect to the virtualized desktop, and then run the OS on their choice of device (e.g. laptop, tablet, smartphone) without ever installing it. Research from IDC indicates that by deploying remote desktops, organizations can potentially reduce user downtime and time spent dealing with IT help desks by 68% and 57% respectively. Read on to learn why more and more companies are adopting DaaS.
1) Enhanced data security
Data security continues to be the number one concern among CIOs and executive leadership. In 2014 alone, more than one billion data records (1,023,108,267 to be exact) were lost or stolen. With DaaS, all PCs are virtualized and based on datacenters. Therefore, sensitive company data isn’t stored on individual devices, preventing users from capturing, storing and/or printing it. Even if a device is lost or stolen, it can’t be used to access company data.
“Security benefits become a big driver,” says Neil MacDonald, Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst. “It’s easier to protect one server that it is 100 distributed machines.”
2) Easier BYOD implementation
Whether or not an organization has a formal BYOD (bring your own device) policy in place, remote desktops give workers secure access to company data from any device, anywhere in the world. This works well for organizations that have a growing, mobile salesforce (Seriously, when was the last time you saw your VP of Sales in the office?).
3) Cost savings on devices
DaaS can help organizations save money by allowing them to purchase less-powerful (and costly) machines. Since thin clients usually last longer than a desktop computer, companies don’t have to upgrade them as often which also provides cost savings.
4) Streamlined IT resources
With DaaS, IT can provide service and support for remote desktops from a centralized location – without having to touch the endpoint device. Instead of relying on users to install applications, updates and security patches on their individual devices, IT can handle these tasks remotely and efficiently.
5) Automated disaster recovery
Implementing a disaster recovery (DR) plan can be daunting (you do have a DR plan, right?). For example, if a company experiences a natural disaster such as a fire or flood, in many cases, their PCs and servers are rendered unusable. DaaS helps to minimize these losses. Sensitive data is secured in a remote datacenter that is separate from the main production site. Business operations can be quickly restored since workers will have exactly the same desktop as they would from their previous office.
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