What is Workspace as a Service
Workspace-as-a-Service, or WaaS, is a form of desktop virtualization that companies utilize to provide their employees with access to business applications and data from anywhere at any time using the employee’s device of a choice.
It represents the latest step in the evolution of office applications from on-premise (i.e., servers, workstations, software) to cloud-based “as a service” solutions.
WaaS platforms come with everything that’s needed for a person to take care of office-related tasks. That includes things like anti-virus software, backup capabilities, productivity apps such as Office 365, accounting software and much more.
With workspace-as-a-service solutions, employees can log in to the WaaS provider’s service and be provided with a virtual workspace desktop environment that appears and operates like their actual physical office desktop. In this manner, WaaS solutions enable employees to be more productive and capable of accessing critical applications and data regardless of their geographic location.
How Does WaaS Work?
From an employee standpoint, use of WaaS is straightforward.
Employees log into the WaaS provider’s service from their device using a remote desktop client and are presented with a virtual desktop environment that looks and works just like their computer at the office.
How WaaS Complements BYOD and BYOA
Workspace-as-a-Service solutions can typically be accessed by a variety of means, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. WaaS services complement corporate strategies for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Bring Your Own Apps (BYOA) and even Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC), while helping to minimize potential security risks to the enterprise by ensuring security policies and best practices are implemented and followed.
What are the Benefits to Using WaaS?
The number of benefits associated with WaaS use is impressive and includes:
Increased Employee Productivity
WaaS solutions enable employees to be more productive and capable of accessing critical applications and data regardless of their geographic location.
Enhanced Work-life Balance
Employees can work from home periodically or when the need arises (to take care of a sick child for instance) without suffering from inferior technology. WaaS providers keep software updated, and the user experience is the same.
Consistency of Environment
Each employee has access to the same applications as everyone else.
Eliminated IT Hassles
WaaS brings all the company’s desktops to the cloud, eliminating IT hassles. This includes:
- Cloud storage;
- Backup and offsite replication;
- Dedicated business servers;
- MS Office 365 support;
- 24/7 Support.
WaaS offloads all software application and network management so IT can focus on deploying new technologies and systems.
WaaS solutions lock down the desktop, storing data in state-of-the-art, SSAE 16 certified Tier 4 data centers and supports disaster recovery, backups on daily and weekly intervals and built-in protection from hackers and viruses.
Simplified File Storage
No longer will businesses be faced with multiple file servers housed in disparate locations, making it difficult to share data or applications. WaaS houses everything in one place.