Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is to a cloud-based technology that permits users to access remote desktops from a variety of devices.
With DaaS, desktop operating systems run inside virtual machines on servers in a cloud provider’s data center. All the necessary support infrastructure, including storage and network resources, also lives in the cloud. As with on-premises Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) — the hosting of desktop environments on a central server — a DaaS provider streams virtual desktops over a network to a customer’s endpoint devices, where end users may access them through client software or a web browser.
Using DaaS, desktop computers run on virtual machines on servers inside the cloud. That sounds very sci-fi but it’s true. This means that everything that would normally belong on an office computer or laptop (i.e. documents, apps, files, data, etc.) now lives in the cloud. Because of this, users can access their desktop from any suitable machine.
Essentially, this means that they can do everything they can do in the office from anywhere in the world! DaaS is fundamentally flexible and allows companies to offer remote working, create better inter-site communication and collaboration AND better support workers on-the-go.
How Does Desktop as a Service Work?
Previously, setting up a working network required purchasing computer terminals, installing a desktop onto each machine and connecting them together. This was time-consuming, expensive and required ongoing maintenance.
DaaS eliminates all of this hassle.
As with all cloud computing models, a DaaS service eliminates the need for businesses to manage back-end responsibilities such as data storage, backup, security and upgrades. Verity IT will take care of all of this on your behalf, while you (and your staff) will be able to access everything you need to do your job from your device of choice.
Under DaaS, a remote server creates virtual desktops which can be accessed anywhere, anytime. The end result is a cloud-based network, which is properly secure, incredibly resilient and inherently flexible.
Does Your Business Need Desktop as a Service?
In short, the answer is yes. All businesses benefit from DaaS for a number of reasons, however, the types of businesses that will benefit from DaaS most are:
- Businesses that require staff to be able to access one consistent IT system anytime, anywhere – such as those with multiple offices or those which hire remote workers.
- Businesses that want to stay up-to-date with the latest software and features without the hassle of updating their devices themselves.
- Businesses that need a secure computing environment (such as those handling sensitive information).
- Businesses that require flexible IT infrastructure (such as companies that frequently hire temporary staff or contractors).
- Businesses that can’t afford IT outages and require constant up-time.