Why the Desktop as a Service Market Is Growing

VDI concept: various devices linked to cloud
XaaS cloud solutions are infiltrating the tech world: infrastructure as a service, software as a service, platform as a service, desktop as a service (DaaS) and so on. Of these, DaaS probably spends less time in the spotlight than its counterparts, but it's nevertheless gaining in popularity. 

Last year, according to 451 Research, the market for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), which is the foundation for DaaS, grew 30 percent in the span of a year. It's expected to repeat that growth pattern through 2017.

So what is it about DaaS that adopters find appealing? Let's look at a few key benefits.

Ability to Manage More Users and Devices


Computerworld cited DaaS as a "BYOD assist." With employees using multiple devices — some personal and some company owned — it can be challenging to restrict access to corporate data and make sure devices are running up-to-date operating systems and software patches. Because DaaS consists of virtual desktops, users are able to access their same desktop configuration from any device, giving them the flexibility and mobility they're accustomed to. At the same time, IT gets to maintain control over data and applications.

Flexible Backup Options


In addition to better user management capabilities, DaaS provides enhanced backup capabilities. IT personnel can administer the desktop remotely, backing up data and critical applications as needed. Plus, as TechTarget points out, they have the option of recovering a whole image or just a file. (For more on why this ability is a huge plus for a backup solution, read this post on backing up your files versus backing up your environment.)

Greater Disaster Recovery Capabilities for SMBs


Enterprise backup and recovery solutions can be expensive, making it difficult for SMBs to implement adequate disaster recovery (DR) measures. DaaS puts greater DR capabilities within their reach. DaaS providers will typically host the solution and utilize a pay-as-you-go fee structure, allowing users to scale utilization during peak periods (e.g., a DR test or event) and avoid paying for services they don't use. Even enterprise organizations can benefit from DaaS by using it to extend their available workforce during a business interruption without in turn overextending their DR budgets.

With greater, more affordable control over devices and data, it's not hard to see why the DaaS market is growing. To learn more about data management in the cloud era, check out this infographic.