When it comes to DaaS workplaces, the possibilities seem endless. What’s the right cloud solution for your organization? Do you go for a big player or a small one? A public cloud or a private cloud? Despite the wide range of options to choose from, the advantages of a DaaS workspace are more or less the same. Dennis Sigmond, End User Computing Architect & Managing Consultant, explains the advantages in this blog post.
1 FROM A CAPEX TO AN OPEX MODEL
Many companies struggle with their investment budgets. When you switch to a DaaS workspace, you are transitioning from a CapEx expenditure model (which calls for a large one-time payment) to an OpEx model (in which you pay a monthly fee for your service).
Another major advantage of a DaaS workspace is that it’s easy to scale up and scale down the number of workspaces as needed. We recently implemented a DaaS workspace for a major retailer that allowed them to adjust their capacity based on their peak seasons. Having workspaces in the cloud makes things much easier and more dynamic.
3 COST SAVINGS
Typically, VDI or RDSH environments within the client’s datacenter are scaled for the maximum number of employees who can work simultaneously. Using the example of the retailer above, this peak is only necessary a few times a year. For the majority of the year, they’re dealing with overcapacity. A DaaS workspace makes it easy to scale up and scale down and pay for the actual usage, thereby leading to potential cost savings.
In comparison to on-premises VDI workspaces or workspaces hosted on an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), a larger part of the solution is offered ‘as a service’. This unburdens your own IT employees, allowing them to focus on more important issues, such as creating a client-specific workspace with custom applications and a specific look and feel.
Security is a top priority from the onset of a new DaaS workspace (security by default). On-site workspaces, on the other hand, must be manually secured (security by design).
6 ACCESSIBLE ANY TIME AND ANYWHERE
The cloud is always accessible. If you have an internet connection, you can always access the cloud network and get to work, regardless of the device or location.
This approach, especially in the time when we are dealing with the COVID-19 virus, also provides the flexibility to allow some business units to work from home, or facilitate the on-boarding of consultant workers securely.
Innovation is an important part of a DaaS service. Innovations are implemented automatically throughout the subscription period, meaning you don’t have to do a thing. New functionalities are added all the time.
TRADITIONAL APPLICATIONS IN A DIGITAL WORKSPACE
My colleague Christiaan de Vin recently wrote about working with a portal workspace. These types of workspaces allow companies to grant central access to various applications, such as SaaS and provide their employees with secure single sign-on access from any location.
Unfortunately, many organizations still use traditional applications for various reasons, one of which is that some older apps simply cannot be replaced. Despite not being in the cloud, these apps have to remain accessible to employees in the portal workspace. DaaS could be a good solution to help ‘cloudify’ these traditional applications in the form of a published app or published desktop. In this way, organizations can continue to offer these apps to their employees without them worrying about where the application or the information came from.
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of a DaaS workspace and which DaaS solution would best suit your needs, feel free to contact us. We would be happy to discuss the possibilities with you.