Deploy Secure and Compliant Virtual Environments with Desktop as a Service (DaaS)
What is Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS)?
How Does DaaS Differ From VDI?
At its core, DaaS is a VDI that is hosted in the cloud by a third-party provider. With DaaS, the hardware is managed by the provider, so internal teams aren’t responsible for managing rackspace, hardware breakdown, or maintenance.
Organizations can typically get DaaS deployments running in minimal time, whereas VDI deployments can often take longer to implement. This is because the infrastructure and platform are already configured within a DaaS environment; users simply need to define desktop settings and users. Scaling with DaaS services only involves requesting additional desktop instances or user licenses, saving both money and time by not preparing new hardware.
What are the Benefits of DaaS?
DaaS moves costs from CAPEX to OPEX, leaving organizations with more readily available cash flow to optimize the business. Per desktop pricing enables teams to know exactly what workforce expansion will cost the IT department, removing unforeseen infrastructure or hardware purchases. These purchases are handled by the provider, who bundles everything in with the price of each desktop.
Additionally, users who are entirely office-based can be switched onto low maintenance zero clients which have no local OS or storage. Organizations can also instill a bring your own device (BYOD) policy, where staff are expected to use personal hardware to access corporate resources, particularly useful in the era of remote working.
DaaS moves the security risk from hundreds of end-user devices and puts it all into the controlled and managed environment of a data center. Lost or stolen laptops no longer provide a security risk and there is no data on the local machine. As DaaS removes the need to create VPNs to access applications and data held by the company, it also removes the problem of users trying to bypass security setups.
What are the Challenges of DaaS?
Traditional DaaS and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technology, while well established, can’t defend against a growing number of threats to a business and its corporate systems. The DaaS platform struggles in the realm of security and accessibility. These incompetent areas are particularly inconvenient now, during the current remote work explosion, when companies must onboard remote team members quickly, securely, and compliantly without fussing with dozens of manual operations and configurations.
From outside hackers to internal human error, to compliance issues brought on by ballooning data velocities and increased regulations, DaaS can’t keep up with the modern workplace. Major challenges include:
Safety and security concerns
Traditional DaaS solutions tend to assume everything inside an organization’s network is trustworthy, but sophisticated cyber attackers and insider threats clearly show this is not the case. Without built in security and compliance controls, many DaaS providers open themselves up to a variety of potential attacks.
What are Examples of Daas Use Cases?
Avoid IT infrastructure and employee laptop management
BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE (BYOD)
Discover the Capabilities of Tehama’s On-Demand Daas Platform
Onboard global teams in 60 minutes
Onboarding global teams using traditional DaaS can take weeks, while onboarding a new vendor can take up to six to nine months – an unacceptable delay in today’s business climate. That’s why Tehama is optimized for single-click provisioning of custom workspaces, allowing easy onboarding and offboarding with a complete audit trail of who proposed, approved, rejected, or removed any member of the Tehama Room.
Tehama Rooms can also support and fully audit multiple organizations collaborating within a single workspace, along with High Performance Compute (HPC) use cases for engineers and data scientists.
Each Tehama Virtual Room provides secure remote access through always-on automated encryption, secure perimeters, least privilege permissions and zero-trust network isolation. File vaults within each Room allow users to easily share files that are continuously scanned for viruses or malware, while providing complete control over upload or download of files within a Room.
Each Tehama Room also contains a secrets vault, which can store privileged credentials with password obfuscation while also providing dynamic credentials, expiring passwords, and firewalls in real time. Tehama’s network isolation ensures ports open only for validated, credentialed users, and that users can only access certain systems granted under the Room’s policy or work mandate. To guard against data loss, outside access to the general Internet can also be restricted. It’s all complemented by a full audit trail (just like everything else that goes on within a Tehama Virtual Room).
Contextual forensic auditing
Looking to the Future with Tehama
Tehama adds a level of predictability with cloud infrastructure, virtual rooms and virtual desktops, getting remote employees online almost immediately. Tehama addresses highest-level security and compliance issues from the outset, rather than as an add-on or afterthought, with built-in SOC 2 Type II controls. These controls significantly reduce the risk of malware intrusion into corporate networks from remote devices and eliminates the potential of privileged credential theft and lateral network movement associated with VPN access.
Connect with Tehama to learn how Tehama’s solutions can benefit the health of your organization. Contact us today and begin building a secure, sustainable remote workforce that scales – in minutes, not months.