The new-age workplaces are evolving rapidly to meet the diverse nees of the always-connected workforce. Today’s workforce prefers a workplace that offers collaboration, promotes knowledge distribution, and empowers them by delivering the freedom to work from any location, at any time, and on any device of their choice.
Industry reports estimate that millennials are expected to account for 50% of the workforce by 2022. Ultimate flexibility and interoperability in EUC (End-User Computing) are the primary driving forces for this new-age generation. The paradigm shift in user demand is led by increasing mobility, extensive device proliferation, enhanced end-point security, and enterprise-grade Windows 10 OS deployment and migration. As the adoption of innovative cloud-based services accelerate, the digital workplace will see a complete transformation of the EUC architecture to securely and seamlessly deliver applications and data to end-users while ensuring an enhanced end-user experience.
Enter DaaS- a peek into the next-gen workplace
With the rapid influx of advanced devices, there is an urgent need to bring more uniformity across multiple devices in the connected world. On-the-go employees and remote businesses need 24×7 access to enterprise applications across operating systems as they prefer to use their own devices that provide them faster accessibility and reliability, specifically with the emerging trend of BYOD (Bring your own devices) adoption.
DaaS (Desktop-as-a-Service) is a cloud offering, tailored for remote accessibility, security, and adaptability, thereby meeting the ever-growing demands of the mobile workforce.
- Daas helps deliver a thin client to the user screens with remarkable agility and lower costs- simultaneously. It prevents download or sharing of data on any device thereby enhancing information safety significantly, making it the best match for enterprise IT in delivering secure access to data and applications.
- DaaS is OPEX-inclined and not CAPEX-based, making it an apt solution for enterprises that have not invested in capital-intensive data centers or want to move some of their workloads to Cloud from their data center and SMEs thriving in today’s fast-changing ecosystems. DaaS allows enterprises to forecast and manage their user-defined budget better while preserving the high-performance capabilities of their solutions.
- DaaS requires on demand-investment; thus, the pay-as-you-use model helps tackle the scalability challenges without any major disruption.
- DaaS providers usually deliver services across vast regions. Due to its anywhere, anytime model, employees can work from the comfort of their homes or shared workplaces too. In addition, the backup and disaster recovery attributes help maintain the workflow even during natural calamities, providing a much-needed boost to business continuity.
Thus, DaaS takes the guesswork out of complex deployments and enables easy management of the resources on the cloud. This frees up the company’s tech-savvy IT staff to utilize their expertise on customer-driven goals, rather than worrying about the underlying IT Infrastructure. Delivered as a centralized model, DaaS takes away the pain in golden image management, regular antivirus updates, troubleshooting, application configuration, and patch updates as these are executed directly on Cloud with zero business disruption for end-users thereby driving efficiency and enhancing productivity. DaaS helps enterprises accelerate the transformation of a digital workplace in a cost-effective and secure way.
DaaS solutions- poised to be the future of hybrid work
Cloud computing has changed everything in IT. People no longer need to be around powerful hardware and storage devices to work. And many industry leaders and experts had already claimed that the future of work was going to be remote long before the pandemic started. However, the disruptions caused by the global health crisis did take away the choice for organizations to shift to the remote work culture at their pace. Things changed overnight, and employees had to get their work devices home and connect them to their home network or rely entirely on their own devices. Consequently, there were hundreds and thousands of end devices accessing the business IT network leading to a heightened risk of cyberattacks.
In the light of these major cybersecurity concerns, many businesses claimed to get back to working from the office, disregarding the productivity and flexibility benefits of remote working. What adds to the issue is the usage of personal devices for work by a significant majority of the employees without enterprise-grade security tools.
DaaS offers a simple solution to all the problems associated with the shift towards a software-defined workplace. It allows users to access their workplace desktop environment along with all the necessary software securely from remote devices. You can think of it as running Windows but from a cloud-based CPU. All one needs is a device connected to the internet. Here are a few ways in which DaaS is all set to become the workplace of the future.
- Since desktop-as-a-service providers ensure the security protection and updates of the hosting devices are maintained as needed, the chances of cyberattacks are significantly reduced. Besides, data is more secure as nothing is stored on the end-point device or sent over a network. This means that the IT teams can just focus on the security and OS updates of one desktop image, and it can be used by several users who can work on it but can’t interfere with the standard configurations. DaaS also allows enterprises to ensure that all the end-point devices align with the security protocols and adhere to the policies regarding accessing sensitive data, approved applications, etc.
- VDI technology has been available for years now, but with the present-day advanced hyper-scale cloud computing services, DaaS solutions have become more feasible to meet the high user experience expectations. Users can manage to run heavy software like CAD or the Adobe suite as well without needing any high CPU power and on-device storage.
- Remote working and BYOD concepts are witnessing rising popularity among the younger generation workforce. They wish to work from anywhere and any device – probably, the same device they use for entertainment, socializing, and other work. DaaS providers can help enterprises and their workforce configure their iPads, Chromebooks, or whatever device they use and optimize it from a security and business perspective.
Digital workplaces have evolved comprehensively in recent years. By incorporating the latest tools and technology, digital workplaces prioritize employee engagement, technical exposure, and enhanced interaction in a timely manner. Being edge-focused with device and location-independent capabilities, DaaS provides a seamless transition and delivers turnkey virtualized desktops with a minimal footprint. The adoption of DaaS ensures a highly responsive work ecosystem that empowers end-users by delivering enterprise applications across devices anytime and with the same experience as within the enterprise perimeter.