What is DaaS (desktop as a service)?

What is Desktop as a Service (Daas)?

Desktop as a service (DaaS) is a go-to solution for small businesses to reduce the cost on desktop infrastructure. DaaS has grown in popularity due to its ability to provide isolated, separate desktops from which users can work, namely within their company's network. In this process, they are able to have an abundance of uses without investing steep sums of money.

"Through the process of using DaaS Desktop as a Service, you can design an affordable DaaS solution that doesn't call for excess amounts of capital. The process offers remote access to all essential office-related software without the need for adding extra servers to the company. DaaS works by placing any type of desktop operating system, commonly Windows 11 and 10, onto a server. There is then a server that receives and distributes this OS to those who require it. The user can then access their computer at the location of their choice through Internet or LAN."

DaaS has become a preferred solution for businesses that have less than 100 users because it allows them to save on hardware while optimizing a maximum amount of work on one machine. Increasingly smaller businesses are finding a cost effective, efficient, and simplistic way to have multiple people working on the same computer system in which they don't have to worry about patch versions or other updates. DaaS is additionally a brilliant solution for companies that want to distribute their documents with other workers, allowing them to collaborate across different departments and geographic locations.

How does DaaS work?

The actual process of DaaS can be broken down into two parts: the creation of cloud workspaces and the distribution of those virtual machines. The creation of virtual cloud desktops allows for operating systems and applications to be separated into smaller computer systems connected through a network connection. This network connection is what allows them to access these individual work computers from anywhere on the internet or within their own local networks. Once the virtual machines are constructed, they can be accessed by all users around the world. This allows the users to enjoy similar experiences that you would find on physical computers. The distribution of the virtual machines can be achieved through either an on-premises or hosted solution. The difference between the two comes down to how it is hosted and whether provisioning is done in house using what is called VDI versus by a DaaS cloud provider. Every solution has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, as well as its own set of features offered to its clients.

Benefits of Daas

The benefits of desktop as a service to any company are numerous. There are some features that can be utilized on all services, such as having cloud based backups and file sync and share, but the enormous benefits come from the fact that it allows companies to share resources in a more efficient manner. It also allows for companies to save on physical assets such as computers. This will drastically reduce the amount of money needed for essential hardware needs, whether it be CPU, RAM or hard drives. This will also allow the company to save money in the long run. Because DaaS is a remote desktop, it can be utilized by users all around the world. This allows for companies to make use of their services without having to pay for expensive data plans or data lines around their own offices. The benefits of DaaS Desktop as a Service cannot be overstated, and are far reaching into different areas of modern business technology. One of the most substantial benefits is that it saves businesses money, which is what every company looks for.

Many businesses have realized that DaaS is a excellent option because of its agility.  It can be set up without having to invest large amounts of money in the set up and maintenance of  several different computer systems. DaaS allows for the growth of a business and makes it easier for thousands of users to collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and other critical projects. The flexibility of DaaS allows staff to work from home and move easily between distinct locations. The distributed architecture of DaaS allows businesses owners to remove hardware limits and better manage their resources in a cost effective manner by selling or leasing the entire infrastructure.

Features of Daas for Small Businesses with BeCloud

Businesses are also modernizing desktop infrastructure to better support remote and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) workers.  The Desktop-as-a-service model is a great way to enable those workers and more. Here are reasons to consider DaaS:

1. Enhanced security

DaaS has builtin security because it turns an endpoint device into a control device for computers running in the cloud.  The cloud desktop is isolated in a cloud environment and sends secure streaming screenshots to your endpoint where you can control mouse movements etc. remotely.  No data is actually stored on your local device.

2. No geographic limitations

With DaaS you can work from anywhere with an Internet connection.  Of course you can do this with traditional VPN's but the streaming protocols are faster and more responsive since all the data is stored in the cloud.

3. Pay for what you use

You trade in high capital upfront investments for only what you use. For example, engineers require workstations with great graphic card capabilities.  Those hardware cost are expensive.  You can run that expensive software in the cloud only for projects while purchasing a cheaper endpoint device.  With Daas, you don't need the localized graphic processing power.

4. Extreme Agility

Most DaaS implementation give you more control over the desktops. You can publish applications to certain users and/or create images to quickly scale up or down depending on business requirements.

5. Disaster Recovery

With Daas, you no longer depend on a single site.  Redundancy is built into the solution.  The DaaS provider is built to handle one of there Data Centers having a power outage or other issues.  Most times you would continue to operate.   

James Phipps 10 November, 2021
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