Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is quickly becoming commonplace among businesses, now that they’re relying more on technology to operate. Businesses leverage VDI through Desktop-as-a-Service, or DaaS as it is commonly known, to reduce complexity, improve productivity, and deploy easily scalable systems.
With DaaS, your business can save data from physical servers, hard drives, desktop applications, and networks as a single file called an “image” in the cloud. This way, you can easily access them using any device, anytime. Here are some of the ways that your small- or medium-sized business (SMB) can benefit from adopting DaaS.
#1 Work flexibility
Your workforce is one of your business’s most important resources, but managing employees in a traditional environment can be costly and difficult. It would be very impractical to roam around the office, keeping tabs on each employee every day.
But with DaaS, it takes seconds for new software, applications, and updates to be deployed to your staff, no matter where they are. When it’s time to update a new operating system, you can easily deploy a new productivity application, like timesheets, practice management, and accounting tools, so you can always watch over your employees.
These features make it easy for employees to work anywhere they want. For instance, DaaS mobilizes sales representatives by allowing them to work with only their smartphones and access to images. With DaaS, your office needs not to be a specific location.
#2 Security and compliance
When you mention the word “cloud,” people immediately think of security — or rather, a lack thereof. This cannot be more inaccurate, especially in a DaaS environment where your sensitive information will never be accessible without the necessary credentials. With DaaS, you’ll have less risk of losing important files than when you store your data in local storage or your employees’ devices.
Also, most DaaS environments are watched over by a managed services provider (MSP). They keep your software, data, and antivirus programs updated, and they make compliance across your organization a million times easier. By hiring an MSP to manage your DaaS, you can be sure your entire staff is using the same versions of approved applications.
What’s more, DaaS allows your company to adopt a bring your owndevice (BYOD) policy securely. Without regulation, your network can easily get infected by malware or virus, but with DaaS, your images will be centrally hosted, so they can be monitored 24/7, updated, and shared to authorized people. With this, you can rest assured that you’re not sacrificing cybersecurity over convenience.
#3 Automated disaster recovery
Drafting and implementing a disaster recovery plan (DRP) can be daunting in a traditional work environment. Just imagine the piles of paper in your file cabinets, the horror of organizing them, and the danger of losing an important document — or all of them if a calamity hits your building.
Having Daas minimizes these loses because all your important documents are saved in a secure remote data center. This way, your files can be accessed immediately after a disaster; just switch to a different laptop, connect to the internet, and you’re good to go. Your business can quickly restore its operations as if nothing happened.
DaaS, as a cloud-based solution, operates on a per-user subscription model, which means you only pay for the services used by your employees. You can also add or remove any services to your liking to make sure you only pay for what you actually use. This is why it’s so much easier to manage your costs with DaaS and its flat-rate-per-month pricing model.
According to the the International Data Corporation, your business can save 25% of its total costs by deploying DaaS. It can reduce operating expenditures (OPEX) — including support overheads, management time, and power consumption — and hardware capital expenditures (CAPEX).
Does your Akron, Canton, or Massillon business need an MSP to help you deploy DaaS? Contact Cyber Shift Technologies now and benefit from our 24/7 help desk, proactive network monitoring, and robust cybersecurity solutions. Call us today.