What will be the main drivers for enterprise desktop as a service?

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With so many technologies service-related today, it may be something of a surprise that desktop as a service (DaaS) is such a long time coming in pervading the virtual enterprise.

Plenty of players are in the game, from ThinClient to Desktone, with rumours abound back in May that Microsoft is planning to build an Azure-powered virtual desktop, codenamed Mohoro.

And with a BYOD-powered world, the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a tool with big potential to improve the efficiency of the mobile workforce.

NaviSite, the cloud hosting provider, has examined this in greater detail in its latest survey of over 700 executives, and found that 42% of respondents saw employees as the group driving forward the need for virtual desktops.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the IT department is the keenest for DaaS adoption (59%), with executives (33%) and the compliance/security team (26%) trailing behind.

Yet in terms of the primary motivator for virtual desktops, BYOD was only the third most popular option (18%). Simplified desktop management (36%) and enablement of mobile workers (31%) were more popular, with disaster recovery capability only scoring 6% of the vote, surprisingly.

Over two thirds (68%) of respondents said that securing employee device data was critical. It’s more surprising that the number wasn’t higher, yet affirms the need for VDI.

“When you add the growth of mobile and remote workforces, now there’s an even greater need to make sure workers can access the information they need when they need it, regardless of device,” said Chris Patterson, NaviSite VP product management in a statement.

“Desktop as a service is a really simply way for IT executives to have increased control over corporate intellectual property while providing more flexibility for today’s workforce demands,” he added.

The survey, in line with tradition, asked its respondents whether they were utilising BYOD, with only 45% saying they had a personal device policy in place. Four out of five respondents agreed that BYOD was the new norm in the workplace.

But what do you think? Is your company utilising DaaS?


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