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How Does Desktop As A Service Work — And Is It Right For You?

Desktop as a Service (DaaS) rose to prominence during the pandemic which afflicted the entire globe, and is even today still making its presence felt. During this time, remote teams proved they could still be productive and successful, regardless of where they were working and how spread out they were from the central company. In the aftermath of all that, companies are having to scramble in order to facilitate the technological needs of both remote workers and hybrid workers.

Desktop-as-a-service can fill in the gaps nicely here and provide the needed services for workers. At its heart, DaaS is a secure, high-performance, efficient method of desktop virtualization. It frees businesses from having their computer operating systems tied to physical hardware, and instead allows businesses to use DaaS as a means of accessing virtual desktops on the Internet by using a cloud provider. Cloud providers who offer this type of service can manage virtual desktops directly from their own centralized data centers.

Benefits provided by DaaS

Here are some of the most notable and beneficial advantages of implementing a DaaS service, such as Azure Virtual Desktop for your company:

Lowers IT costs – DaaS solutions can save your company a great deal of money by shifting the cost of on-premises hardware and software to a cloud-based environment where desktops can be purchased as needed.

Increased security – There are fewer security risks posed by DaaS, because the data will all reside directly at the cloud providers’ datacenter, as opposed to being stored on tablets, desktops, or phones used by employees.

Facilitates remote work – With the steadily rising popularity of remote work, a different approach is necessary to access data and applications. Using a DaaS like Azure Virtual Desktop, IT teams can easily move between platforms, and access needed data from multiple machines, regardless of their physical location.

Extend shelf-life of legacy machines – Companies which can’t afford to upgrade all their outdated machines will have the option instead to use DaaS to install a brand-new operating system on all machines. Serving this new operating system from the cloud is far more affordable than replacing all your on-premises equipment simultaneously.

Supports bring-your-own-device (BYOD) – Using DaaS, a bring-your-own-device policy can be supported, so employees are not obliged to only use company-issued devices or to use the same device at all times. This means employees can use their own laptops, tablets, and phones to accomplish work projects and tasks.

Simplifies desktop management – The administrative load can be significantly reduced by outsourcing the deployment, configuration, and management of any company’s virtual desktops. It’s also much easier to scale up or down using DaaS, so it won’t be necessary to manage that in-house.

Is DaaS right for you?

If your company is one that has a significant number of employees working remotely, you should consider DaaS as one possible solution. It can make your life much easier, while also providing the services needed by your employees, in order to remain productive and successful on the job. Keep in mind that you should also be able to enjoy all the benefits described above, and these are some significant reasons for you to avail yourself of DaaS services.

Contact us today if you’re interested in finding out more about how your company can benefit by using the DaaS Azure Virtual Desktop on the cloud. We can help get you setup very quickly, so your employees can start making immediate use of remote desktop services at whatever location they happen to be at.

Cloud Asset Management

Why Cloud Asset Management is the Future

Cloud asset management is a collective process that a number of medium and large company make use of for tracking their software licenses. However, it can be even more than that, because it can also be used to deploy patches, applications, updates, and even entire operating systems to various devices.

Software Asset Management (SAM) is already popular on the cloud, but it will become much more so in the future, as more companies migrate their applications. When you’re looking for a new IT services provider, one of the factors you should consider is if the provider can offer software asset management as a cloud-based service. In this discussion, we’ll provide some insights as to why cloud asset management is the wave of the future, and why it’s here to stay.

Benefits of Cloud Asset Management

Cloud-based asset management can leverage the Internet’s bandwidth for better monitoring, metering, and delivery. When you can set up your SAM by placing the system in a public cloud space, it allows end processes to occur on the user’s personal bandwidth. Even though this last leg of the delivery of process is the only part that occurs on an employee’s personal bandwidth, it does remove the onus from the corporate network bandwidth. That leaves the corporate network available for monitoring, server patching, administration, operating system delivery, and any other maintenance activities that are necessary.

Some of the benefits of cloud management can be traced to the fact that cloud management itself is a vehicle that will free up your company from some of the mundane daily activities and allow you to focus on your business’s core needs. With your software being managed on the cloud, it removes it from your list of local responsibilities, and allows your employees to exclusively work in their specialty areas. Whenever any kind of integration is necessary, your host provider will be carrying it out via the cloud, while you await the successful completion of the task.

Fly in the ointment? 

Probably the only reason why cloud-based SAM hasn’t taken the world by storm thus far is the fact that many companies still have an abiding mistrust of cloud computing. And the reason why managers and executives haven’t fully embraced the cloud is their concern over security. Yes, security is an issue, but cloud-based services are better protected than local services. In other words, your data is even safer on the cloud than it is on your own localized, small network. When more managers come to realize this, the fly in the ointment will be removed, and there will be even more of a rush to embrace cloud computing and cloud-based SAM.

Contact Us 

It can be painstaking and difficult to find the right I.T. services provider, but you should start your search by narrowing it to companies proficient in Cloud Asset Management. Contact Terminal B today to find out how our adoption of cloud asset management can be a huge benefit to your company, and how we can make your data assets secure against attacks and corruption.

What You Should Know About Azure Virtual Desktop

Azure Virtual Desktop is a great solution for small business owners who need to access their applications and data from anywhere. With it, you can access your files and applications from any device, such as your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

If you’re a small business owner, Azure Virtual Desktop is worth considering as a solution for your business needs. It offers a number of benefits, including:

  • Easy installation and setup
  • Flexible pricing options
  • Scalability to meet your needs
  • 24/7 support from Microsoft

Azure is comprehensive solution

Formerly branded as Windows Virtual Desktop, Azure Virtual Desktop is a comprehensive desktop virtualization solution that has proven to be reliable and easy to use. It is available in both Azure Public Cloud and Azure Stack.

Using the virtual desktop on your computer is very easy and the process is straightforward. You can use it by signing into your Azure account and then selecting the “Virtual Desktop” option. After that, you will be able to select the type of subscription that you want and then choose the number of virtual machines that you need.

If you want to use the virtual desktop on your smartphone, you can download the Azure Remote App from the App Store or Google Play. With Azure Remote App, you can access your Azure Virtual Desktop applications and data from your smartphone.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, you simply log in and then select the desktop that you want to access. After that, you will be able to use all of your applications and data just as if you were using your computer.

A virtual desktop is particularly convenient if you need to use a laptop or borrow a desktop at another location.  You can easily connect to it and have full access to all of your applications and files. For security reasons, you will also want to be sure to log out if you are using Azure on a computer that is not your own.

AVD is a great solution for remote work

Businesses with a remote workforce will appreciate Azure Virtual Desktop because it offers the ability to connect to work applications and data from anywhere. It is also a scalable solution, so you can add or remove virtual machines as your business needs change.

Setting up AVD is relatively easy.  You just need to sign in to Azure, create a resource group, set up your virtual network and subnet, and then create your desktop pool. Program costs can vary based on the number of users, but Azure offers a variety of subscription options to fit your budget.

Like all Microsoft products, AVD is regularly updated.  Azure automatically applies the latest security patches and updates, so you can be confident that your data is always protected. 

If you have questions about how this solution can work for your business, contact Terminal B today to learn more about how we can help you get started. Our IT consultants can help you identify if a virtual desktop will be the right solution for you.

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