U2 Cloud Exec Explains the Advantages of a DaaS Solution in the Workplace
Driven by digital transformation and the advent of cutting-edge technology solutions, the way businesses connect employees (both in and outside of the office) is rapidly changing. The influx of bring your own devices (BYOD) and cloud-based solutions in the workplace has led to a radical shift in terms of work flexibility, employee productivity, and business efficiency. One of the newer, more innovative tools poised to provide businesses and their employees with a secure solution is the Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution.
In this article, Pete Valentine, the EVP at U2 Cloud LLC, explains why businesses should take advantage of a Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution and shares with SourceForge how U2 Cloud’s DaaS tool helps address the ever-evolving communication and collaboration needs in the modern workplace.
What is Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS)?
Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) is a cloud offering that provides users with virtual desktops and the necessary supporting infrastructure which is hosted, fully supported, and completely managed for ease of use and communication cost savings. With a DaaS solution, each employee desktop becomes a virtual workstation in the cloud, thereby providing streamlined access to business data and applications anywhere, at any time.
As a leading provider of cloud hosted desktops, servers, storage, and networking solutions, U2 Cloud gives businesses and their employees the choice and flexibility to work from any device and any location with their innovative DaaS tool. “U2 Cloud delivers unique private cloud experiences for customers who want to increase security and improve performance, reliability, and flexibility in their enterprises,” said Valentine. “Users can access data anywhere, at any time, and have the same experience across all soft apps, data, and more…all within an infrastructure that offers the ultimate 24/7 portability at a reduced cost.”
Aside from enhancing the cloud experiences for users, DaaS is a cost-efficient solution that allows businesses and their employees to have a flexible and mobile work environment. “From a mobility standpoint, U2 Cloud provides mobile device management,” said Valentine. “However no metadata resides on any endpoint so many customers opt out of MDM. We have the utmost flexibility with customers’’ security & compliance initiatives. Our delivery mechanism is the only Common Criteria/NIAP certified multiple times, meeting federal security requirements including FIPS PUB 140-2 for encryption and HSPD-12 for secure authentication.”
DaaS Solution for Today’s Modern Workplace
According to a leading market research company Technavio, the global DaaS market is expected to reach approximately $1288 million between 2016 and 2020. The increasing need for enterprise mobility and data management and security are augmenting the demand for DaaS solutions in the workplace.
So how can a DaaS solution help small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) support a mobile and dynamic workforce? Below are the key benefits of using a Desktop-as-a-Service tool:
- Improves Security – Allowing employees to freely use the network and their mobile devices that are not regulated by the IT may pose security risks and result in the loss of valuable company data. With DaaS, the disaster recovery plan can secure data in case of malicious attacks (hackers), natural disasters, and human error. By storing data in the cloud, businesses can rest assured that their data will be safe and secure at all times.
- Reduces Costs – SMBs can save up on costs by allowing their employees to work offsite and hire remote workers internationally. Rather than investing in services and hardware to host machines on-site, SMBs can reduce costs by “renting” infrastructure from a DaaS provider. Plus, the hosted nature of DaaS enables a company’s existing hardware to remain unchanged, thereby saving up on costly hardware upgrades.
- Enhances Mobility – DaaS allows businesses and their employees to have a flexible and mobile work environment. For SMBs looking to provide their employees with the benefits of a virtual desktop infrastructure, using a DaaS solution enables them to access files from anywhere, using mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Rather than being trapped to a workplace cubicle, employees can have the opportunity to work from wherever they choose, at any time.
- Allows Device Flexibility – Bring your own device (BYOD) is becoming a trend in the business world as it offers employees convenience while working anywhere. Since DaaS supports BYOD, employees are given the opportunity to use their personal mobile devices while providing them with access to the same data and application through the cloud.
Why U2 Cloud Shines in the DaaS Solution Market
U2 Cloud Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) supports today’s modern workforce by ensuring a brilliant user experience on any device, under any network condition, often equaling or surpassing the local PC experience.
As a leading cloud service provider, U2 Cloud “provides desktop software infrastructure and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions and focuses on delivering a secure user experience,” said Valentine. U2 Cloud believes that one of the best tools that help improve employee performance and business productivity is by using DaaS as part of a company’s business communication and collaboration solutions.
U2 Cloud’s DaaS solution enables small and mid-sized businesses to take advantage of the following:
Safe and Secure Data Transmission – All data transmissions with U2 Cloud DaaS is secured through high-performance, standards-based encryption. This DaaS solution delivers multiple redundant systems that covers everything from power through to intrusion protection.
Unlimited Resources – More computing power is added seamlessly, right when your organization needs it.
Platform Agnostic – Devices from all the leading manufacturers enjoy the same experience.
Business Continuity – Natural disaster proof facilities around the country ensure that an organization won’t miss a beat.
Enterprise Security Features – Benefit from security system and features that are normally found in only the largest organization.
Application Virtualization – Collaborate from anywhere in the world, simultaneously and from any device.
Fully Managed Solutions – All infrastructure hardware, software, and security are managed by certified engineers.
Latest Software – Businesses can enjoy seamless upgrades to the most recent versions of the applications.
To learn more about U2 Cloud’s DaaS Solution and how this cloud-based offering drives growth and improves customer service while cutting costs and complexity, visit U2 Cloud’s official website.
About U2 Cloud
U2 Cloud is a leading provider of cloud hosted desktops, servers, storage, and networking solutions. The company aims to “transform enterprise computing by providing secure anytime, anywhere access to applications, Windows desktops, and corporate resources to any end-user device.” Headquartered in North Florida with offices in the East, Midwest, and West Coast, U2 Cloud offers hosted virtual desktops, Software as a Service (SaaS), Hosted Windows Applications, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, FIPS Compliant, High Definition VDI, Workspace-as-a-Service, and other technology solutions for the enterprise.
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