For many businesses, desktop-as-a-service is a cloud-based application that boosts the functionality of its current in-house technology. DaaS applications, however, aren’t created equal. Businesses have to be careful when pursuing new technology to ensure that any service purchased fits with what a business expects. To help in the search, here are at least three capabilities than any business looking for a DaaS system should find when gauging which application fits its needs.
For technology systems similar to DaaS, such as Visual Desktop Infrastructure, predictability is lower due to potential breakdowns in the system. With a DaaS application, however, the level of service, its costs and any potential support systems should always be maintained at a predictable level. If that level veers too wildly, it may be a good idea to find a system that offers a much more stable environment.
For example, if a provider consistently changes the price of its services, a business will have a hard time planning for up and coming costs. To overcome this problem, predictability should be a standard part of a business’s DaaS system.
In general, the standard DaaS application costs roughly $30 to $35 per month per user. This figure will change depending on the services a business signs up for, but it’s a good ball park estimate for planning purposes. That number, however, shouldn’t fluctuate if a business doesn’t make any changes in the level of service.
One the benefits of a DaaS system is its security. Since much of the application’s security is handled by cloud-based security systems, not by the actual end user, it creates a single security standard that can be passed among a business’s entire hardware systems. Without having to tend to every computer’s security measures, this functionality easily curbs potential security breaches caused by end user’s lack of knowledge.
These security protocols can even be passed to employee devices for businesses who have embraced a BYOD environment. No matter what kind of device an individual is using, mobile or otherwise, DaaS applications streamline the security needs of a business and protect it from any malicious attacks. This also changes the repercussion of any device falling into the wrong hands. For cybercriminals looking to access proprietary information on a device hard drive, a DaaS system that doesn’t utilize a hard drive to operate eliminates the usefulness of any hard drive hacking.
This heightened security also helps those companies who often need unique testing grounds for developing technologies. By testing new systems in a cloud-based service, it mitigates any risks that a software may post to a larger network if a test were to have major consequences.
More work is consistently being done at home, and having access to work documents and information from a remote location is an increasing need for businesses and their employees. If a DaaS system isn’t exactly giving employees the ability to access their desktop, then it’s not a very good service.
Virtual desktops should be helping employees access their desktops from any location and any device as long as they have access to an Internet connection. Employees should even be able to have access any open programs or windows that may have been left open on a different machine, allowing employees to pick up right where they left off without wasting time finding files and re-opening the documents.
Desktop-as-a-Service is increasingly being adopted by businesses looking to create a more mobile and productive workforce. However, businesses must take extra precautions when choosing the right service and ensuring that the application delivers on predictability, security and mobility.
Read more about today’s DaaS trends and how they point you toward making important considerations regarding mobile device management in our blog post, DaaS and BYOD: A Partnership Made in the Cloud.