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Onboarding, Merging, and Disaster Recovery: How DaaS Gives The Power of Desktops on Demand

Business can change in the blink of an eye. But responding to change can take much longer. Getting a new wave of employees access to company operating systems, managing a merger, or recovering from a data disaster might take months. That’s an eternity by modern standards.

DaaS is reducing the downtime for innovative companies and facilitating lightning-fast responsiveness from IT. DaaS helps offers solutions such as:

  • Minimized cost of onboarding seasonal or temporary workers
  • Fast and effective employees integration
  • Reduced disruption form DR
  • Streamlined merger acquisition integration
  • Mitigate against loss in the event of a disaster

In this article, we explore what the power and flexibility that Desktops as a Service can mean for the modern organization.

Onboarding On Demand

Most companies look at Desktops as a Service as a way to deliver mobility, but DaaS also allows user access to new and critical applications quickly and without hassle. In traditional environments, a new PC has to be configured before an employee’s first day. Poll any HR manager, and you’re likely to discover that this rarely happens. In-house IT teams are stretched beyond their limits, and getting a workstation up and running on time is often a pipe dream.

When DaaS is in place, team leaders can request access for a new employee and have the proper applications and data profiles configured in a matter of hours, often with the assistance of the offsite DaaS team, rather than the internal team. This means a new employee or contractor will have access to all mission-critical applications the moment they sit down to work on their first day.

Mergers and Acquisitions – Streamlining Continuity

Continuity is a huge challenge during mergers. It takes time to identify and eliminate redundancies while getting everyone on the same system quickly. With the power of Desktops as a Service, this process moves much more smoothly. In traditional environments, IT teams have to manually update and configure every desktop to the new system in addition to completely overhauling IT infrastructure, migrating data, and handling the myriad other tasks involved in a merger.

DaaS allows IT teams to create temporary test beds that will improve deployment when it comes time to “flip the switch.” This can reduce both the up-front and back-end debugging that are inevitable once the two systems are ready to merge.

Recovering from a Disaster

Hurricane Sandy caused over $6 billion in damage when it struck the East Coast of the United States. This was an extreme case, but a quarter of all enterprise IT systems are plagued by outages of four hours or more every year. That may not seem like much, but according to research by the Aberdeen Group, an hour of downtime costs an average of $163,674. Small businesses suffer to the tune of $8,000 per hour and larger corporations can lose $680,000 per hour.

In a traditional desktop environment a major disaster is devastating. Without a strong recovery plan, even simple power outages can lead to bleeding bottom lines, and, in extreme cases, put an organization permanently out of business.

DaaS solutions provide a much more secure disaster recovery environment. Because information is stored off-site, a disaster at corporate headquarters won’t affect the data warehouse. Should the warehousing facility be in danger of a disaster itself, the cloud provider can simply move those data stores to a new location. This immediate, nimble response is impossible with onsite servers.

Desktops as a Service provide organizations with almost endless flexibility. Whether onboarding a batch of new employees, merging two companies, or keeping systems moving despite disasters, the power of Desktops as a Service ensures that mission-critical applications and information will be available on demand.

Louis Le

Louis Le

As a key member of the Gibraltar Leadership Team, Louis specializes in initiating meaningful engagements with employees, customers and vendors. With skills ranging from marketing, to sales, to pricing analyst, Louis tackles challenges with an unwavering positive attitude. Louis Le brings a wealth of experience to his role as Director of Marketing for Gibraltar Solutions Inc. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Honours Business Administration program, Louis has built a lengthy career working in marketing, sales and financial roles for some of Canada’s best known technology companies.

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