In today’s digital landscape, it’s more important than ever that companies develop and implement systems that allow their employees to access their work data from a variety of locations and devices. Businesses in nearly every industry are looking to Desktop-as-a-Service, or Daas, for improved desktop management. Over the years as companies have shifted their information into cloud services, entire servers have found a new home in shared digital environments, so it follows that employee user desktops would find a virtual home in the cloud, too.
Between decreased security risks and increased predictability, the benefits of centralized user desktop infrastructures are many. Read on for six ways this new technology improves operations, user experience and productivity for both employee and employer alike.
1. Boosts Accessibility
Interruptions can make or break the flow of your business. Employees with access to DaaS no longer need to swing by the office to access important files or perform work duties on demand. With these virtual workspaces, each employee’s desktop is linked to and stored in the company’s cloud services, enabling him or her to access their employee desktop from any device, even their smartphone, at any time and any place there is Internet access.
2. Increases Security
Cybersecurity is a very real concern for any company, but especially those without comprehensive oversight with regard to each employee’s desktop and its data. When digital information is no longer stored only on local devices, but hosted in a secure cloud space, individual devices, and the employees responsible for them, no longer hold the burden of security maintenance. With a centralized infrastructure, data encryption and cybersecurity are localized to the data center rather than many singular devices or systems.
3. Improves Recovery
Should a hard drive or piece of equipment fail in typical circumstances, anything not backed up or saved could be lost forever if repair is no longer possible. Equipment repairs could also put an employee’s workflow on pause, even for hours or days at a time. With DaaS, an equipment failure is more an inconvenience than a disaster, as another device can be immediately given to an employee who can access their personal user desktop within moments of booting up the new device.
A digital desktop management infrastructure also makes coming back online in the event of a disaster far easier than with individual systems. These systems are continually backed up, and don’t rely on local devices for storage or access.
4. Reduces Costs
Updates, upgrades and replacements add up, but with virtual desktop management, companies no longer require more than a basic computer setup for each employee. Instead of equipping employees with powerful computers with adequate RAM speeds and copious amounts of disk storage, each user needs only a simple computer with internet access to grant them access to everything they will need to complete their tasks within the browser.
5. Enhances Cohesion
When consistency is paramount, your entire team needs access to updated software, current information and relevant applications. A virtual desktop system allows every member of your team access to updated programs and information they need to do their job and do it well. When applications and refreshes are performed in the cloud, individual user desktops will reflect those changes without personal intervention required.
6. Diminishes Required Maintenance
Your IT team is a crucial part of your company’s infrastructure, but maintenance and restoration tasks add up quickly when multiple desktops are involved. With DaaS, your provider handles the lion’s share of installation and database settings, allowing your IT team to focus on other critical tasks directly involved in your business.
As innovations of the digital age accelerate to match the evolving demands of both users and the companies that serve them, technologies such as DaaS improve the productivity and accessibility for those involved at every level. The business world as a whole is shifting further into cloud-based services for their optimized performance and ease of use, so an investment in cloud-services is nearly an explicit investment in the future of your company.