DaaS and BYOD: a Partnership Made in the Cloud

Mobility, remote working and cloud applications have created a new corporate environment and an enhanced need for technology integrations. Case in point: Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) has been around for the last decade, but it has found new growth as a companion to bring-your-own-device (BYOD) ecosystems.

When dealing with the problem of multiple devices, many businesses look to the cloud, usually through “Software-as-a-service” applications, or SaaS, to ensure employees have access to necessary programs. However, SaaS is limiting. Not every application has an SaaS option due to the costs and time needed to make the transition. As a result, many have looked to “Desktop-as-a Service” (DaaS) options as useful alternatives. These cloud applications create virtual desktop environments running the Windows or Linux operating systems that can create access from almost any device–mobile, outdated and otherwise. For companies with BYOD, DaaS fulfills a great need – giving businesses the ability to streamline its technology needs across many disparate options while maintaining mobility, increasing security and boosting productivity.

The Security Needs of Mobile Device Management

One of the primary concerns of BYOD operations is ensuring business security is up to par especially as mobile device access and use tends to differ greatly among many parties. One way to deal with this issue is mobile device management – a number of technologies that guard proprietary data while maintaining the privacy of those who actually own the devices.

Technically, DaaS doesn’t fall under the mobile device management category, but it can serve the same purpose. With DaaS, individuals get all the access they need to do their work, but it also eliminates any security breaches from lackadaisical users who may not have security knowledge. DaaS doesn’t store any information on a device so it can’t be hacked, and any time that a device is breached or attacked with malware, it won’t affect the actual business network. Besides, DaaS systems will often maintain their own security measures creating one standard no matter what device is accessing the system.

Maintaining Mobility

A great strength of BYOD is maintaining mobility for employees. No matter if employees do his or her work at the office or half the globe away, they’ll still be able to access their information. In fact, many DaaS providers have made a point to tap into the Internet’s inherent infrastructure to make sure that latency doesn’t become a major performance issue.

This system also allows IT departments to easily maintain the working environment. Since DaaS is a software application, any changes can be made at a single place, which is then spread throughout the network. Employers don’t have to return to the office for an upgrade. Furthermore, remote workers, especially those who live out of commuting distances, will be able to access company desktops away from the home office and receive all the benefits of both BYOD and IT upgrades.

When DaaS and BYOD come together, businesses are often left with a digital working environment that’s highly secure, mobile and productive. Although these two telecom trends aren’t always embraced in tandem and can exist separately, businesses that do leverage them as a pair will rarely find two service sets that fit so well together.

For insights, resources and support on combining the benefits of DaaS and BYOD, speak with Select’s team today.