451 Research has a newly released report on How COVID-19 and Remote Work could influence wider adoption of Desktop as a Service. This report covers how The COVID-19 outbreak significantly disrupted the business world, leading organizations to implement travel restrictions and work-from-home (WFH) policies to protect employees while ensuring minimal disruption to their business operations.
WFH as a long term trend, post-Covid-19
Rather than being a short term trend, many employers are realizing the long term benefits of increasing employee flexibility, and the cost benefits of minimizing enforced time in the office, and are exploring technologies to support this transition. The report suggests that long term WFH policies are likely to influence the adoption of cloud-enabled technologies such as desktop as a service (DaaS), which was already emerging as a strong trend before 2020, and is now seen as a viable alternative for addressing the requirements of a distributed work environment post-COVID-19.
This trend is putting a strain on IT Resources
451 Research reports that the demands of dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak are placing a strain on enterprise IT resources. According to their report, the portion of businesses indicating they were currently or had previously experienced such a strain as an outcome of the outbreak increased substantially from March to June 2020. Forty-one percent (41%) of organizations surveyed in June claimed to be experiencing an increased strain on internal IT resources; an additional 25% said they had experienced increased IT strain but are not currently. This impact, reaching more than two-thirds of organizations, is broader than expected in March, when 43% said they didn’t expect to experience any increased IT strain.
The Value of DaaS for a Remote Workforce
Desktop virtualization, as enabled by virtual desktop infrastructure, was initially conceived as a means of centralized endpoint management and resource consolidation, with an on-premises datacenter providing access to back-end servers and storage. The endpoints might be thin clients or personal computers.
However, the premise of DaaS is a further decoupling of the desktop environment and application software from the physical client device, with processing and data storage taking place on a cloud-based server, taking advantage of cloud consumption models and more flexible, on-demand resource allocation. This aligns well with the requirements of a distributed work environment, leading organizations to consider DaaS as a viable alternative to address the requirements of a distributed workforce.
The shortfalls of DaaS for Facilitating Remote Work
DaaS solutions help to facilitate remote work, but can offer a serious headache for your security team, as well as issues with user experience.
Traditional DaaS solutions don’t protect your systems from malware and other risks that your team can access during their work day. In fact, traditional DaaS solutions may expose companies to risk from unsecured websites and communication tools, especially in cases where workers are using their own devices, or using risky sites as part of their daily tasks. This is a real concern for CISOs and other security professionals.
End users often have their own issues with a corporate DaaS solution. Issues like latency and bandwidth problems, and other performance issues due to the software being implemented remotely, and consuming a lot of internal resources.
Traditional DaaS solutions also require a constant internet connection, which can be a major issue for employees in areas with patchy internet, or everyone in the house logging online at the same time. In the days of constant Zoom calls and other applications running in the background, most DaaS solutions just aren’t up to the task.
Isolated Workspace-as-a-Service, Your Next Generation DaaS
Hysolate creates separated and secured workspaces both on corporate-owned devices and on non-corporate endpoints, without compromising security. Meet Hysolate, the first Isolated Workspace as a Service and DaaS alternative.
With Hysolate, you have an isolated workspace where your team can access their full range of activities and websites needed to work productively, while also keeping your corporate data secure in a fully separated workspace.
The workspaces are fully managed in the cloud, with a simple and intuitive management console. Users enjoy a productive work environment with full access to everything they need, and without latency and other performance issues. Hysolate sits on a user’s endpoint, so an internet issue doesn’t mean you lose your work.
This means your company can:
- Give their employees a dedicated workspace on their corporate device to access unsecure websites and download third party applications, increasing productivity and collaboration.
- Enable employees and contractors to access corporate applications from a non-corporate BYOD environment, without exposing the company to security or fraud issues.
- Provide access to sensitive applications and data from an isolated and secure environment.
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