The jury is in on the traditional on-premise virtualization environment: It’s expensive and hard to set up. There are several complex steps to take and security measures to consider. Despite the advantages of taking a desktop everywhere you go, this kind of operation tends to cannibalize small enterprises from the inside out. But what if you can haul all of that wiring and equipment and throw it into the cloud?
Dell has come up with an elegant solution: Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) Made Easier.
Their concept puts an entire hosted infrastructure into their cloud and allows client hardware to connect to virtual private networks (VPNs), through which they can securely access their desktops. Let’s say one of your employees needs to take his work home with him. He logs off the computer at work (which is connected to Dell’s DaaS platform) and quickly whips out his iPad. He then connects to the DaaS and logs into the same desktop.
This works very well for people who leave the workplace to go out on the field, but could also be useful for many other purposes. Let’s outline why DaaS is so beneficial:
- It’s cost effective. As an example, Dell’s service costs $50 a month per user. This beats the several grand you’d have to dump on an on-premise platform plus operating costs and maintenance. If you don’t have a lot of employees, using a platform meant for a 500-employee large enterprise really isn’t a logical decision.
- Its data is more centrally sourced. Let’s jog our imaginations a little: You have multiple workstations, each with their own hard drives. Each of them runs a different copy of an operating system. Chances are that one of them will be compromised at one point. The amount of copies of sensitive data sitting in the workplace is proportionately equal to the amount of hard drives running. Storing all of the data in one central secure location where the company’s sole duty is to ensure security and operate the servers is much more secure.
- It’s mobile! If the other two benefits don’t really put the icing on the cake, how about the fact that you can log in to the same desktop from a tablet in the middle of a busy airport in Hong Kong? Perhaps you won’t be visiting Hong Kong any time soon, or maybe you’re just not a flying type of person. But the concept matters: You can take the desktop wherever you go, and your employees are no exception.
DaaS is pretty much one of the most elegant solutions for mobility desktop computing on the market. It’s time to grab the bull by the horns and take a leap into this great technology.
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