Whitepaper and Discussions:
- Even if you’re an IT executive, you don’t want to be in the rudimentary business of running the company network every day. You came to make a difference, to focus on helping your company with innovation, not administration.
- If you’re responsible for managing money for your company, you constantly anticipate the next IT disaster that is going to cost the company massive unbudgeted, unforecasted amounts. IT costs should be fixed, not variable.
- Companies like banks, hospitals, and others who are subject to government regulation often need a full-time Compliance Officer to make sure they don’t incur tremendous penalties and fines for non-compliance. If that’s you, IT is only half your battle, but it’s a battle you’d prefer to hand over to someone else.
- If you’re any other kind of employee, you just want tools that work consistently and reliably, and that get out of your way so you can focus on the work you’re responsible for doing.
The BD about BYOD
More and more companies continue to launch new “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) initiatives allowing employees not only to work on the device of their choice, but wherever they’d like to work, whenever they’d like to work.
Those who have not yet gone “BYOD” may be wondering what the big deal (BD) is about it.
Employers who have allowed their employees to work on the device they prefer, from wherever they may be, across any network they can gain access to, at whatever time is best for them have consistently found that those employees put in more hours and get more work done than those who are required to come to an office. They find its better to let their people “get” to work, than force them to “go” to work.
In many cases, the company enjoys a reduction in capital investments for computing equipment that they don’t need to purchase because the employee owns it themselves, as well as related costs such as maintenance, repair, replacement, and more. The “big deal” is that it’s a “good” deal for the company.
There Has to be a Catch
The Compliance Officer will tell you that it’s hard to maintain regulatory compliance on mobile devices. If you have a Security Officer, they’ll tell you the same thing about trying to protect data that gets transferred to the most vulnerable devices, those that are in the field.
Many companies faced with these BYOD challenges have been using a technology strategy called Virtual Device Infrastructure (VDI) which only sends the screen appearance of applications to the user’s mobile device. This means that no data ever leaves the data center or is transferred to the user’s device.
This strategy brings many great advantages, not the least of which is that it is much easier to secure the data when it never gets out of the data center, and it’s much easier to assure regulatory compliance when the user device is secure and under control.
The big challenge with VDI is that it is considered very expensive to implement and to manage and maintain. This has caused many companies to hesitate about using it.
Login as Reliable as Dial Tone?
Do you ever wonder why the phone company seems to be able to deliver dial tone every time you pick up the phone, but logging into the network that you do your work on isn’t quite the same? It can be.
What device do you prefer to work on? A laptop? A tablet? A smartphone? No matter which one you’re using, don’t you want the experience to be just as excellent, as fast, as responsive and consistent with the way you use all the other devices? They can be.
No matter which device you use, wouldn’t you be more comfortable knowing that you can never be held responsible for lost or stolen data, because the data never gets on to your device? You can be!
It’s a new approach to delivering applications to your devices wherever you are, whatever you need to do, whenever you want to get it done. Best of all, it’s a strategy you’ll want to make your corporate IT department aware of because it will save them budget money and free them from the mundane network operation chores so they can focus on the new tech solutions they really want to bring.
The Turnkey Private Cloud Solution
The best solution would be a Cloud Service Provider (CSP) that itself uses VDI to deliver applications directly to every device your users prefer. This way, the expense of building the VDI environment would be theirs, not yours. The users would never actually receive any data beyond being able to see their results on their devices, and it would be so fast and efficient that it would look to them like they were locally connected to your network in the office.
That’s a perfect description of the Turnkey Private Cloud Solution.
Companies using the Turnkey Private Cloud Solution can focus on the other operational issues that impact regulatory compliance while the information technology management issues are handled for them, including:
Users connect to the service using Multi-Factor Authentication, combining the password they know with a key code from a device they must carry with them.
McAfee malware protection is built into each of the SSAE 16 SOC 1 Type 2 Compliant Tier 3 Data Centers.
Continuity of business is interrupted when on-premise servers are struck by natural or other disasters. Servers and storage provided and managed in a Turnkey Private Cloud solution are located in multiple data centers geographically removed from your area. Users can continue working as long as they have power and internet access, or can relocate to someplace that does.
Disaster Recovery can be accomplished instantly. Since the CSP maintains multiple data centers and your data is replicated between them, should one data center become disabled your users are quickly switched over to another.
Almost any client device your end users prefer will likely be usable on the network. The way this solution delivers service, no data ever gets transferred to any user device, which increases the privacy and security of your data substantially. Updates and upgrades are performed by the provider at the server level and all users receive them immediately. Best of all, you don’t have to invest time, effort, or budget in building your own data center.
Data sovereignty has become an issue for some multi-national companies. Again, selecting the right CSP with data facilities in the required locales becomes the simple solution. You always know where your data actually resides.
Quality providers include a Performance Guarantee that establishes easily understood Service Level Agreements (SLA) and committed Quality of Service (QoS) across all functions. The right provider also provides Cyber Security Assurance and Compliance Assurance to cover all of your data protection concerns.
Priced Right and Just Keeps You Working
You’ve heard and read stories about when hurricanes and other natural disasters have wiped out data centers and brought everybody to a halt. While having a few extra days off may sound appealing, you know that some of these events have resulted in businesses shutting down and people, like you, losing their jobs.
The Turnkey Private Cloud Solution is provided from multiple data centers in multiple locations. Should one of them have any problem, you are immediately switched to another without your even knowing it happened. You just keep working. The business continues working. If your area is struck, you can resume work just as soon as you find your way to somewhere that has electricity and internet access
A secure system with full regulatory compliance that readily scales to grow with your company, reducing costs while assuring continuity of business and rapid disaster recovery. That’s an IT operations plan anyone in your company can get behind. All of the advantages of a top-quality data center managed by IT professionals who do nothing else but make sure your entire team gets the access, the resources, and the services they need.
TetherView – Your Turnkey Private Cloud Solution
Your corporate IT management wants to be about innovation, not administration. You want to focus on making things work better, so you can work faster whenever and wherever you need to with full speed secure access.
TetherView was developed by professionals for professionals. Let us do the day-in-day-out “heavy lifting” of making your network work. We’ve built multi-factor authentication, McAfee malware protection into our SSAE 16 SOC 1 Type 2 Compliant Tier 3 Data Centers.
You can depend upon reliable, secure, constant access to the resources you need to do your best work. You can focus on getting the next great project done without having to worry about the tools.
For more information, please contact us.
Comparing the Cost of Ownership of Physical PCs, VDI, and TetherView Desktops
Executive Summary: Physical desktop and notebook computer infrastructures no longer make sense for the corporate world. Not only are they expensive, insecure and maintenanceheavy, they also cannot effectively support the changing business IT landscape. The groundswell of operating system migration plans, expanding virtual workforce, growing popularity of mobile devices, and tighter IT budgets all point to the need to reevaluate desktop strategies. While virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) seems like a promising alternative, in reality it is too costly and complex for companies to implement. Why move the complexities and costs of managing physical desktops to another complex and expensive infrastructure? By moving virtual desktops to the TetherView Private Cloud, instead of an internally deployed and managed data center, companies can realize all the promised benefits of virtual desktops— centralized management, improved data security and simplified deployment— without the exorbitant capital costs and management issues.
Desktops: Ripe for Change Desktop computing has become a millstone for IT departments.
While it is essential for delivering must- have applications and services to end users, IT managers are burdened by the tremendous amount of time, complexity and cost inherent in managing and securing physical PCs. And, a progressively tech- savvy and mobile user base is becoming increasingly frustrated because their computers lack the flexibility and capabilities that they have come to expect. Businesses have been aware of these issues for years, but it is only now that the tipping point for change has arrived. The trifecta of Windows migrations, increased mobile users, and tighter IT budgets has created the perfect storm for desktop computing change.
Migration to Windows 7: With MS having dropped support for Windows XP, most companies are looking at a Windows 7/8 (or soon to be Windows 10) refresh. According to IDC, nearly 30 percent of businesses are still using XP and plan to move forward with Windows 7/8 or 10. However, many older PCs are not equipped to run Windows 7—which means that businesses need to purchase new computers in order to migrate workers. In fact, Gartner estimates that many businesses will end up replacing about 25 percent of their PCs before the end of their lifecycle to accommodate Windows 7/8 migrations. Organizations that decide to upgrade existing computers instead of replacing them won’t save much money because of the new parts and labor needed for memory, hard disks and/or video adapters. TetherView allows businesses to repurpose their older PCs and extend their utility by an additional 5 years. No need to buy a new PC with a TetherView Private Cloud!
Increasing number of mobile users: IDC estimates that 1 billion workers are mobile at least part of the time or remote from their firm’s main location. Mobile workers need to access business applications and services from a variety of devices, including iPads, Macs, Chromebooks, Android-compatible tablets, and smartphones. Companies need a way to enable anywhere, anytime access. The TetherView Private Cloud is always accessible form any device.
Tighter IT budgets: PCs consume a large part of IT budgets, yet provide no competitive advantage. With continued economic volatility, businesses are keeping a closer rein on IT expenditures. Staying on top of security protocols, upgrading operating systems, maintenance of patches and the cost of supporting an increasingly dispersed user base continues to rise. TetherView centralizes the IT infrastructure of an entire business, better control and lower costs.
Moving to the Cloud Whitepaper Focused on Desktops.
Executive Summary: Physical desktop computer infrastructures no longer make sense for the corporate world. Not only are they expensive, insecure and maintenance-heavy, they also cannot effectively support the changing business IT landscape. The ground- swell of Windows 7 migration plans, expanding virtual workforce, growing popularity of mobile devices, and tighter IT budgets all point to the need to reevaluate desktop strategies. While virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) seems like a promising alternative, in reality, is too costly and complex for most companies to implement. By moving virtual desktops to the cloud, instead of an internally deployed and managed data center, companies can realize all the promised benefits of virtual desktops—centralized management, improved data security and simplified deployment— without the exorbitant cost, limitations or hassles of VDI. Why move the complexities and costs of managing physical desktops to another complex and expensive infrastructure? This white paper will explore the reasons for changing traditional desktop computing strategies, why cloud-hosted virtual desktops are a compelling solution for many businesses, and how to leverage cloud-hosted desktops for Windows 7 migrations, mobile and departmental workers, and disaster recovery scenarios.
Desktops: Ripe for Change Desktop computing has become a millstone for IT departments. While it is essential for delivering must-have applications and services to end users, IT managers are burdened by the tremendous amount of time, complexity and cost inherent in managing and securing physical PCs. And, a progressively tech-savvy user base is becoming increasingly frustrated because their computers don’t have the flexibility and capabilities that they have come to expect. Businesses have been aware of these issues for years, but it is only now that the tipping point for change has arrived. The trifecta of Windows 7, increased mobile access devices, and tighter IT budgets has created the perfect storm for desktop computing change.
Migration to Windows 7: With MS dropping support for Windows XP, most companies are looking at a Windows 7 refresh. According to IDC, nearly 90 percent of businesses plan to move forward with Windows 7 by mid-2012.* However, many older PCs are not equipped to run Windows 7—which means that businesses need to purchase new computers in order to migrate workers. In fact, Gartner estimates that many businesses will end up replacing about 25 percent of their PCs before the end of their lifecycle to accommodate Windows 7 migrations.* Organizations that decide to upgrade existing computers instead of replacing them won’t save much money because of the new parts and labor needed for memory, hard disks and/or video adapters.
Expanding mobile access: IDC estimates that 1 billion workers will be mobile at least part of the time or remote from their firm’s main location by the end of 2011. These workers will be accessing business applications and services from a variety of devices, including increasingly popular iPads, Android-compatible tablets, and smart- phones. Companies need a way to enable anywhere, anytime access. Moving Virtual Desktops to the Cloud A comparison of on site and hosted solutions. 3
Tighter IT budgets: PCs can consume 7-10% of IT budgets, yet provide no competitive advantage. With continued economic volatility, businesses are keeping a closer rein on IT expenditures. Wholesale PC refreshments and Windows 7 upgrades are no longer feasible, and the cost of supporting an increasingly dispersed user base needs to be reduced.
Is VDI the Answer? The need to reevaluate desktop strategies is driving many companies to consider virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)— and with good reason. VDI has promised to solve many traditional challenges of physical desktops. Because virtual desktops are centralized onto virtual machines that run on corporate data center servers, VDI makes day-to-day tasks such as deploying new desktops and applications, and supporting distributed workers, much easier and less labor-intensive. Users access their virtual desktops via PC remoting technology, making it possible for IT to finely control the movement of data into and out of the data center. Because data is not stored on the local device, companies are at much less risk if PCs or mobile devices are stolen or lost.
However, even with all of these benefits, VDI hasn’t taken off. The question is what are the barriers to VDI adoption?
Costs: In a recent TechTarget survey, more than 32 percent of IT professionals said that implementing VDI in-house is too expensive. Although VDI is billed as being less expensive than fleets of physical computers, companies actually end up spending much more than anticipated. The upfront CAPEX required to start a VDI deployment is tremendous. This shouldn’t be surprising since the data center is optimized for hosting servers, not desktops. For instance, simply moving hard drives from the desktop to the data center can increase storage costs more than 100 times. When combined with compute density challenges and increased data center expenses for power, cooling and floor space, the cost of moving desktops to the data center can be prohibitive. Scalability, Hardware Cost and Mobility TetherView Turnkey Solution has positioned itself to scale to a company’s evergrowing needs. Utilizing the most up-to-date, sophisticated and industry-wide 4
Complexity: The same survey has 21 percent of IT professionals blaming complexity for stalled VDI projects. The technologies needed for VDI (i.e., servers, storage, networking, thin clients and virtualization software) are provided by many different vendors, causing considerable confusion among IT staff about which technologies to adopt. And, once the infrastructure is built, companies are left with vendor lock-in, which can be detrimental in a market where technology changes are fast and furious. Additionally, VDI technologies are often managed by different internal IT groups, which makes coordinating virtual desktop initiatives very difficult. With VDI, organizations need additional dedicated virtualization experts to manage their virtualization infrastructure.
Ramp up: In house VDI solutions are not designed to scale. Although it is much easier to deploy virtual desktops than physical desktops, IT must have capacity to deploy them. In the TechTarget survey, 23 percent of IT workers said their existing servers can’t support deploying desktops as virtual machines. This makes it particularly difficult when companies need to scale up quickly to support employees or consultants on time-sensitive or temporary projects. And, because of latency issues, performance is best when users are located near the data centers. However, most companies don’t have the geographically dispersed data center footprint needed to ensure optimal, or even adequate, performance.
Strategic or not: With VDI, companies still need to build and manage infrastructure to support desktops, and most IT departments do not want to be in the business of desktop management.
Why Cloud-hosted Virtual Desktops Make Sense. Cloud computing has been gaining a tremendous amount of attention because of the flexibility and cost savings it can deliver. Just as virtualization started on the server side and then, once proven, began moving to the desktop, the cloud is now ripe for desktop infrastructure. By moving desktops to the cloud, rather than an internally deployed and managed data center, businesses can realize all the promised benefits of virtual desktops centralized management, improved data security and simplified deployment without VDI’s exorbitant costs, limitations or hassles.
The Advantages of cloud-hosted Desktops as a Service (DaaS) include:
Reduced desktop costs: Because the physical infrastructure powering virtual desktops is outsourced, IT organizations are immediately able to achieve a positive ROI. Not only do cloud-hosted desktops eliminate VDI’s huge upfront CAPEX outlay and three-to-four year depreciation schedule, businesses also convert desktop computing CAPEX into OPEX. Virtual desktops can be subscribed to at a set monthly rate, and businesses only pay for the virtual desktops that are needed. All of this translates into reduced desktop total cost of ownership (TCO), achieved at the beginning of a cloud-hosted desktop deployment as opposed to a goal that is 18 – 24 months out. Companies can now budget for a set a monthly fee without any hidden costs or surprises.
Ease of manageability: one-touch support – The complexities associated with designing, implementing and supporting virtual desktops are gone. Cloud-hosted virtual desktops are easy to buy and implement. The physical infrastructure is already available at a moments notice. This also saves a lot of money that was traditionally spent on physical desktop maintenance, while minimizing the technical expertise businesses need to leverage virtual desktops. Additionally, because desktops are delivered by a provider over a secure network and supported by a Service Level Agreement (SLA), end users can expect better availability of their desktops than can be delivered with physical PCs, which often require a desk-side visit when things go wrong.
Device and location independence: Businesses can embrace next gen workers by providing device and location independence.
Location independence: Because the service provider has multiple locations, proximity to the data center challenges are eliminated. Users can work from anywhere – home, office or coffee shop. 5
No vendor lock-in: IT no longer has to worry about which virtual desktop-related technologies to select, implementing technologies that may become obsolete, or being restricted to particular vendor roadmaps.
Fast ramp up and down: Businesses can quickly scale up or down by adding or removing virtual desktops to the monthly subscription in minutes. This enables IT to deliver on many challenging types of projects (both short- and long-term), such as scaling up desktop environments for seasonal work or quickly deploying desktops for offices in new geographic markets.
Geographic agility: Corporate data center footprints won’t constrain virtual desktop deployments. Cloud- hosted desktops can be deployed by service providers with global scale. This allows users to gain access to their virtual desktop from just about anywhere, and businesses to expand the regions where they source talent, since they are no longer limited to corporate offices and internal infrastructure reach.
Optimal Use Cases for Cloud-hosted Desktops Businesses can realize a substantial impact on their operations by leveraging cloud-hosted desktops for key scenarios.
Following are ideal use cases for desktops in the cloud:
Cloud savvy organizations: Companies are looking to leverage the benefits of the cloud.
Small and medium businesses: Businesses that don’t have the endless IT resources required to deploy and manage physical or virtual desktops.
Remote workers: Whether they are telecommuting, off-shore, or contracting, virtual workers are becoming a larger percentage of the corporate end user population ever year. With cloud-hosted desktops, businesses can support geographically dispersed workers in a very cost-effective and secure manner. Contractors can easily access the corporate environment from their personal devices, employees can access their desktops when they’re at home or on the road even when they don’t have their own computer. Overseas workers can be granted access to the corporate network without concern that sensitive data will be at risk from loss or theft since it is not stored locally. 6
Elastic and flexible demands for desktops: Many companies need desktops for unique tasks or oneoff projects. For example, developers need environments for building and testing applications. The flexibility of cloud- hosted desktops enables rapid scaling of desktops to accommodate evolving needs.
User Data Migrations: Instead of having to replace or upgrade desktop computers in order to run Windows 7, businesses can use their existing hardware. Not only will they save money that would have spent on near-term PC rerfeshes, with cloud-hosted desktops they can extend the life of their existing fleet beyond what would have been possible and, when they do decide to replace their rich desktops, they can do so with less-costly and more power- efficient thin client devices.
Desktop disaster recovery business continuity (BCDR): Many companies have DR strategies for their server infrastructure but not for their desktops. However, if a disaster occurs, the impact on end users—and the business—can be disastrous. Cloud-hosted virtual desktops provide a cost-effective desktop disaster recovery solution that can be implemented easily and rapidly.
TetherView Business Cloud is the industry’s first TurnKey virtual desktop and server hosting platform and is the only purpose-built infrastructure for delivering business virtual desktops in the cloud. Because TetherView is TurnKey it is simple to deploy and and affordable cloud-hosted business solution. The TetherView Cloud provides businesses with a virtual desktop (which includes an operating system license) that is accessible from any device, anywhere. It has standard packaging sizes that can be configure to meet end users’ performance requirements, with variables including OS, RAM, CPU and disk space.
Affordable: Starting at $2/day with no infrastructure investment, businesses only pay for what they need and pricing is consistent to enable predictable IT budgeting.
TurnKey: TetherView works with your team to create a custom built solution and implementation plan. TetherView will work with you on site to deploy and train users simplifying the transition.
Instant ‘on’ experience: Users can stop working in one location or on one device and pick up where they left off seamlessly. Any device: Users can access the TetherView Cloud from an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android-based tablets, Chromebook and smartphones. They can also use thin clients or extend the life of their current PCs for cloud access. The TetherView mobile client makes this access seamless.
Desktop flexibility: Desktops can be set up for different use cases or groups of users quickly and easily. Options include performance, OS, features and location permission. Conclusion The desktop market is ripe for change. Operating system upgrades, software migrations, new flexible business models, the need to reduce desktop TCO, and demand for mobile device support are driving organizations to reevaluate their desktop strategy. VDI was supposed to address many of these challenges; instead it created formidable new issues. Because of VDI’s inherent complexity and large upfront CAPEX, virtual desktop adoption has stalled and is impossible for many organizations. TetherView eradicates barriers to adoption, delivering a complete desktop from the cloud, providing all the benefits of VDI without any of the hassles. Businesses can eliminate the cost and complexity of deploying and managing desktops, while enabling the flexibility that users require. And, by transforming desktops from the CAPEX outlay inherent in onsite VDI and physical PC refreshes, businesses benefit from a predictable, easy to budget OPEX-based desktop environment. TetherView makes it easy to take advantage a true virtual infrasturcture. With the TetherView Cloud, you can accelerate and reduce the costs of migrations, simplify support for mobile and departmental workers, and improve desktop disaster recovery. 7 About TetherView TetherView provides infrastructure enabling Desktops as a Service (DaaS) – fullfeatured desktop experience delivered from a private cloud to any device, including a workstation, tablet or smartphone. TetherView’s DaaS platform provides all of the benefits of virtualized desktops without any of the hassles. TetherView enables IT businesses to rapidly deploy and manage desktops to users connected on any device, anywhere, without the upfront costs and complexity of traditional desktop virtualization transforming desktops from a CAPEX to OPEX item. Combined with TetherView’s Server Virtualizaiton businesses can eliminate upto 90% of their hardware costs. For more information, visit www.TetherView.com. Sources: Gartner: Prepare for the Windows 7 Migration Crunch, June 24, 2010 Gartner’s calculations assume the average enterprise with 10,000 PCs will need to replace roughly 25% of its machines early. as quoted in http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/how-much-will-a-windows-7-migration-really-cost/2377 “IDC estimates that 1 billion workers will be mobile at least part of the time or remote from their firm’s main location by the end of 2011” • http://www.dataprotectioncenter.com/antivirus/symantec/internet-security-predictions-for- 2011-the-shape-of-things-to-come/ • http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/2011-trends-distributed-workforce-drives-security-policies Nearly 90 percent of businesses plan to move forward with Windows 7 by mid-2012. • “Deployment Opportunities for Windows 7” June 2010 • https://partner.microsoft.com/download/global/40148162 *TechTarget’s “Virtualization Decisions 2010 Purchasing Intentions Survey”: • http://searchservervirtualization.techtarget.com/news/
No, the personal computer isn’t dead, but it looks a whole lot different than it did just a few years ago. Even though organizations need to upgrade or replace many of their client systems, those physical units increasingly are being replaced by virtual machines. Desktops as a service (DaaS) may be an excellent fit for organizations that need new end-user computing solutions but are conscious of cost, deployment and support challenges.
There’s no debate that the personal computer industry is undergoing its most dramatic upheaval in history. Sales of traditional desktops and notebooks have declined precipitously during the past two years, seemingly part of an irreversible trend. Still, organizations need to upgrade their users’ client systems for a variety of reasons, including dramatically aging PC inventories and requirements for more computing horsepower to run modern operating systems replacing Windows XP.
IT organizations, however, have been dealing with the harsh economic reality of tighter IT budgets and financial executives’ commitment to lower capital expenses for end-user computing infrastructure. As a result, many organizations turned to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) as a way to deliver enhanced desktop functionality without making big investments in money, time, deployment and support. The move to VDI, however, can be tricky for some companies: VDI does require specialized IT skills that not every company has in-house, and there is an up-front capital investment that companies need for deployment.
The Advantages of Desktops as a Service
But moving away from physical to virtual desktops has too many benefits to ignore, and organizations are exploring new options to make the transition. One approach that’s gaining a lot of traction is desktops as a service (DaaS), which enables the move of virtual desktops—and their related applications and infrastructure— to the cloud. DaaS is picking up a lot of support from industry experts, one of which declared that market entries by industry leaders like TetherView and VMware would make 2014 “The Year of DaaS.”1
1“VMware, Citrix, Microsoft Desktops-as-a-Service solutions will make 2014 ‘The Year of DaaS,’” BrianMadden.com, Oct. 30, 2013.
While there are many compelling benefits to DaaS when compared with both physical desktops and too early iterations of VDI, here are five that stand out:
1. Financial Advantages.
One of the biggest challenges IT organizations face today is finishing—or, in some cases, even starting—migrating away from Windows XP in favor of Windows 7 and 8. However, the newest versions of Windows almost always require major upgrades in client hardware. As a result, many organizations are moving to DaaS to save potentially large capital expenditures. Removing or reducing a CapEx category like PC hardware costs from the financial ledger and replacing it with operating expenses like cloud-based subscription services is extremely attractive to business executives. At the same time, DaaS provides the additional incentive of helping to control operating costs by reducing the need for IT deployment resources and in-house technical support, as well as having predictable subscription costs that are less likely to throw a wrench into corporate financial planning.
Faster, easier deployment for various use cases. Organizations can no longer tolerate days- or months-long time frames for bringing new employees or “as-needed” personnel up to speed with desktops. The quest for organizational agility and flexibility is a key driver in such trends as hiring temporary workers or consultants for short-term opportunities, and DaaS gives organizations the ability to provide all necessary desktops rights and resources in a matter of hours. Another problem area that DaaS helps to circumvent is the inevitable upheaval in managing disparate infrastructure resulting from mergers and acquisitions; DaaS deployment can eliminate a major headache for strapped IT organizations, which often struggle with integrating new employees into corporate systems extremely quickly without having to overhaul IT infrastructure. DaaS can also help software development teams set up temporary test beds for development and testing. But one of the most significant areas where DaaS can mitigate deployment challenges is in disaster recovery and business continuity (DR/BC).
Support for pervasive mobility. The bring-your-own-desktop movement is now a tidal wave throughout organizations, with users clamoring for mobile access to applications, data and services via their own familiar consumer devices. DaaS helps ensure a consistent user experience, regardless of device format or brand, while standardizing deployment, security and support. In an era where telecommuting and remote-office computing are increasingly the norm, DaaS is an ideal solution for geographically dispersed workforces. This is particularly the case in “always-on” global industries like financial services, retail, and hospitality.
Security. Even in the face of improved threat detection, intrusion prevention and security breach resolution, IT organizations still have nightmares that their organization may be the next to suffer high- profile problems around theft of identities, customer data or intellectual property. Since security breaches often take place at the edge of the network, DaaS is an attractive security option because data and applications reside in the cloud, not on end-user devices that are ripe targets because of weaker security tools and more lax security practices of the end users themselves. Cloud-based DaaS also helps alleviate another challenge associated with BYOD by enabling a consistent set of security protocols across users’ own mobile devices, regardless of mobile operating system or hardware brand. Finally, tactical security steps increasingly become the purview of cloud service providers rather than in-house IT, which is a huge advantage because of the service providers’ ability to generally devote more resources and utilize a greater body of experience on security matters than most resource-strapped in-house IT organizations can deliver.
5. Human Capital
Avoids drain on internal IT skills. Few IT organizations can claim they have bigger and more specialized staff today than they did even a few years ago, and that trend isn’t likely to change. This puts a premium on the IT department’s ability to onboard new users faster and more easily, as well as in making the move to virtual desktop deployment at less cost and with a smaller IT footprint. VDI, of course, was the first step in that direction and it has been a real plus for many organizations. But VDI does require some specialized expertise from IT organizations (or mandates that organizations hire outside help to make the move). DaaS, by contrast, doesn’t require the same level of expertise and experience that VDI deployment requires, which cuts down on deployment and support requirements for in-house staff, and obviates the need to spend money to hire external VDI specialists. Time, money and talent otherwise spent on transitions to virtual desktops can instead be allocated to transformative applications and other sources of IT-enabled innovation.
More and more organizations are quickly coming to realize the many benefits of moving away from physical desktops in favor of desktops as a service. This transition already has helped numerous organizations reduce IT management complexity, cut costs, improve workforce productivity and deliver an enhanced user experience by allowing employees to access corporate files, applications and services on any device, any time and anywhere.
As IT organizations increasingly move away from physical PCs in favor of virtual desktops, the idea of desktop as a service is becoming more and more attractive. At the heart of this attraction is DaaS’ ability to make deployment and management of the desktop environment far less difficult for IT, while giving users maximum flexibility and a better, customizable user experience. While VDI will continue to be an attractive solution for organizations wanting to move from physical to virtual desktops, DaaS is a great fit for organizations that lack internal VDI technical skills or may not be able to commit to VDI’s up-front capital investments.
TetherView, together with VMware™, help IT departments in nearly all-sized organizations to simplify the delivery of cloud-hosted virtual desktops to end users at a predictable cost. The service enables IT to save time and money, without sacrificing enterprise requirements for security and control. End users can be much more productive, with a complete workspace that they can access from any device, anywhere.
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