According to the Global Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Market 2016-2020 report from Research and Markets, the cloud desktop market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 27.35 percent between now and 2020. That growth could be even larger if there were not so much misinformation about the process for businesses. To help those businesses that are on the fence, here are five myths about cloud desktops and the truth on each point.
Myth #1: DaaS is too expensive
This misconception often comes from confusion between traditional virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and desktop as a service (DaaS). VDI relies on on-site servers and other IT hardware to support the cloud desktops, which is a major capital expense. DaaS, on the other hand, is based on a business using the cloud desktop provider’s data center environment. That means no up-front infrastructure costs or maintenance costs, a set monthly fee, and an ability to ramp up or down to meet your needs.
Myth #2: Cloud-hosted virtual desktops aren't secure
There is far more risk involved with a network that has multiple endpoints in the form of traditional desktops and on-site servers than the single point of having a remote data center that houses everything. Today’s leading DaaS providers make security a priority via the latest security technologies like high-performance standards-based encryption that secures all data transmission from the data center through the network to the user. User access can be controlled with modern authentication tools based on the user’s role.
Myth #3: Cloud desktops compromise user performance
The truth is that using a cloud desktop can be faster than most traditional networks. Users can have access to the latest applications without any loss of speed or efficiency. The best cloud desktop providers work with highly skilled cloud services providers. Their goal is to ensure that users have a streamlined experience regardless of what device they use to access the applications and the network so they experience higher productivity and almost zero downtime.
Myth #4: DaaS does not support mobility
Even the smallest business relies on a mobile workforce that uses different digital devices like laptops, iPads, and smartphones to work and collaborate remotely. Cloud desktops can easily accommodate that working scenario so that users have access to applications and work-process collaboration tools wherever they are located.
Myth #5: Migrating users to DaaS is difficult
This is a persistent myth whereby many potential users fear that they will have working experiences with a cloud desktop that are different from those to be had with a traditional desktop. The reality is that they have the same, if not a better, experience in that they can customize their desktops to look and feel exactly as they’d like. In addition to being able to have access to the applications and data that they need, they can connect to peripherals such as local and network printers and monitors, making for a simple, fast, and seamless migration and user experience.
There are other myths out there about the use of cloud desktops, from the need for greater bandwidth to Microsoft licensing challenges. The reality is that today’s cloud services providers can help businesses implement cloud desktops in ways that eliminate any perceived challenges while enabling greater business-process flexibility, speed, and productivity.