The evolving benefits of DaaS Posted on August 6, 2015 by Tim Burke The traditional benefits of DaaS — an OpEx advantage trading upfront costs and endless management and maintenance hassles for predictable pay-as-you-go dynamic scalability — are gaining even more clout as DaaS solutions mature. It’s been shown that desktops in the cloud pay off – and this trend promises to continue: Easier customization, just-in-time deployment Major hardware and software vendors are committing to significant DaaS infrastructure developments — notably in storage and integration — that make for greater ease of customization, just-in-time DaaS deployment, and anywhere/anytime/any-device access for end-users. Advancing DaaS storage Integration of DaaS platforms with leading-edge storage capabilities means users get a reliable location for all of their files, whether in the datacenter or in the cloud. Your enterprise, or groups or departments within your enterprise, can each have access to its own storage access zone — without the cost and complexity of setting up virtual file servers. This way, DaaS users can access their data more efficiently, which in turn boosts their productivity. Apps a few clicks away These DaaS platforms reduce the complexity of deploying and managing desktop virtualization infrastructure, so desktops in the cloud and the apps end-users want and need are but a few clicks away. End-users don’t need to worry about running an updated client; instead, they can use a device browser to connect to their desktops in the cloud. Keeping desktops in the cloud secure The right DaaS platform builds in security capabilities like network isolation, secure point-to-point network connectivity, and dedicated compute. Also, management of data, credentials, and permissions is handled at the provider’s highly secure datacenter, where experts ensure compliance with both regulations and best practices. What users say: The top 4 benefits of DaaS and VDI A recent survey of desktop virtualization users — both DaaS and VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) — lists the top four benefits of virtual desktops: Mobility enablement: 59% Time savings/efficiency: 56% Security: 45% Cost savings: 40% Some of the other numbers from the survey are worth noting, too. It’s clear that desktop virtualization does not yet dominate in enterprises: In only 22% do more than half of all workers use virtual desktops. Yet where DaaS and/or VDI are deployed, no fewer than 97% of users express satisfaction with them. Since no technology is always right for all businesses, the best way to determine whether desktop virtualization can pay off for your organization is to talk with a technology advisor you trust — one with extensive desktop virtualization experience and strong relationships with best-of-breed vendors. The right advisor will be able to analyze your needs, suggest options, live-demo alternatives, and give you a free desktops in the cloud trial.