As hybrid work environments have become the norm, the challenges of providing employees a secure way to access organizational resources at home, office, and everywhere in between poses new challenges for enterprise security. IT providers such as Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, and VMware are all introducing desktop-as-a-service solutions to help employers make a seamless shift from cubicle to cloud. Market analysts believe that such solutions will grow at a CAGR of 43.2% between 2021 and 2026.

Why the enthusiasm? Vendors tout five benefits of cloud-based desktops for hybrid teams:

1. All-inclusive management

Cloud desktops enable IT teams to execute unified management, policy integration, and holistic control over devices, be it the office workstation, laptop, or tablet. Desktop-as-a-service models usually have cyber-defense capabilities to ensure secure working environment, both at office and home.

2. Subscription-based model

Businesses are able to shift from capital expenditure on desktop hardware, on-premise servers, and licensing to operational expenditures with easy scaling as requirements shift. The subscription-based consumption model also enables enterprises to spend only on actual usage.

3. Ease of deployment

Cloud desktops are deployable within minutes with the exact configuration that the worker will need to optimally perform their tasks without swapping out the hardware the company already owns.

4. Security with accessibility

A Desktop-as-a-Service solution ensures employers maintain control over the device environment, thus facilitating security policy enforcement and automation of updates. This allows employees the ability to access sensitive information from office and home without compromising on the enterprise IT security.

5. Decentralized work with centralized management

The cloud desktop infrastructure allows IT teams to access and manage virtual devices without needing them to be managed from a specific location. All they need is an internet connection to deploy, manage, and control the PC and its applications. Deploying such a hybrid workplace solution helps employers enhance workforce efficiency without sacrificing control.