Desktop-As-A-Service (DaaS) In The Modern Workspace: An Infrastructure Report
Friday, April 10, 2020
Posted by: Abbey Kwiat
Siobhan Climer and Eric White, CTO and VP of Consulting Services
Desktop-as-a-Service, or DaaS, is an integral element of most successful bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategies and flexible workforce demands. The sudden shift towards work-at-home policies brought on by the international outbreak of Covid-19 means DaaS and VDI offerings are in high-demand.
In addition, the rise of cloud computing – and the many ways it has disrupted traditional concepts of computing and work – makes DaaS more valuable than ever before for companies.
What Is DaaS?
DaaS is a subset of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). In this case, the VDI is hosted by a servicer and delivered as a cloud service along with applications.
VDI is an approach to desktop virtualization that enables users to interact with the operating system (OS) and its applications delivered over a network to an endpoint device as if they were running locally.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure have both made recent inroads in the DaaS market, providing products that enable DaaS without the major snags hit by earlier prototypes.
Why The Modern Workspace Needs DaaS
Companies across the globe have made a quick pivot toward a remote workforce. In fact, we say “workspace” instead of “workplace” for that very reason. People are working from primarily at-home environments – home offices, couches, dining room tables – and accessing all of their data and work files from home.
So, How Does DaaS Help Facilitate The Modern Workspace?
Key Factors Driving DaaS Adoption
DaaS is fundamental to the ways people work, which is why changes to the workspace are driving DaaS adoption.
Bring-your-own-device policies align closely with DaaS deployments. With users accessing their desktops from laptops, mobile phones, and home workstations, DaaS provides simpler management from an IT perspective.
More than 25% of US employees work remote at least part of the time, and this number has only grown in the last several months. A recent study by G2, an international B2B market software research firm, found that interest in video conferencing grew 253.68%, interest in telemedicine grew 373.73%, and interest in audio conferencing grew 565.00%.
565%! We even spoke with the author to confirm the methodology and validity of the research, as it left us taken slightly aback. The rise of remote and flexible work environments means IT must secure, deploy, and manage infrastructure accessible from different devices in different locations, a task simplified by DaaS.
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