Guest post by Brent Whitfield, CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc.
Experts project that the Desktops as-as-Service (DaaS) market will rise by more than 40% by the year 2020. More and more small businesses are looking to a cloud-based desktop delivery model to trim costs while maintaining data security and increased mobility. Why is this service gaining traction in the small business sector? Here are four reasons…
“Bring your own device” (BYOD) has become a theme in cloud-based workplaces. While BYOD is a major convenience, it can pose security risks on local networks. Allowing people to freely use a network in an unregulated way can invite security risks. It can lead to unknown devices regularly using the network. By not regulating the network, it opens the door for pre-infected apps to spread malware that causes further damage.
Having a service provider devoted to managing the desktop hosting environment can give some peace of mind to small business owners. Plus, centrally hosting desktops can make it easier to share applications. Rather than purchasing individual licenses for employees, desktop pools can be used to share applications on the employees’ preferred devices.
Virtual desktops are ideal for “always on” global businesses. A prime example is the traveling salesforce. DaaS mobilizes sales representatives, allowing them to work in the field with smartphones that access virtual desktops. Sales orders can be completed in the cloud, as data does not need to be stored on devices.
Many businesses are moving in a direction that no longer requires employees to work from a specific location. Ultimately, DaaS supports remote access, anytime, anywhere from any device. The system lets workers complete assignments at home on their laptops or smartphones.
In addition to productivity and flexibility improvements, cost structure is another draw for small business. Rather than investing in hardware and servers to host machines on-site, a small business can “rent” infrastructure from a DaaS provider. This presents an attractive option for those looking to avoid large upfront capital expenditures in hardware, energy costs, or expensive in-house IT teams.
Convenience and Expertise
Desktop deployment is mission critical for business of all sizes. DaaS is an ideal solution for small organizations that do not have the resources to efficiently manage a virtual desktop environment, but who want to enjoy the benefits of the technology. Enlisting help from a service provider can ensure the technical issues are taking care of, freeing up time for more important business related initiatives. Many of the desktop management tasks can also be outsourced to the DaaS provider including disaster recovery, fixing damaged equipment, data backup and more.
About the Author
Brent Whitfield is CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc. providing IT Support in the Los Angeles area since 1993. DCG exists to help our clients choose, implement, and manage IT and cloud solutions that are cost effective and reliable. DCG’s pro-active approach to IT is ideally suited for companies who depend on reliable IT infrastructure, but don’t want to spend a lot of money to keep it that way. DCG was recognized among the Top 10 Fastest Growing MSPs in North America by MSP mentor. Brent has been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Network Computing, Reuters, and Yahoo Business.