By now, most of the chaos caused by the Windows XP End-of-Life event is over. Many companies have either upgraded to Windows 7 or 8, or have switched over to a cloud desktop.
There’s still one problem, though. Businesses that merely installed a newer version of Windows on their desktops didn’t solve the real problem. They just kicked the can further down the road.
The short term threat, the vulnerability to hackers due to the lack of Windows support, was taken care of. But the long term problem, having to frantically install a new operating system on each desktop, wasn’t solved.
Businesses that now have Windows 8 will have to keep upgrading their desktops in the future. This process is costly and has no direct impact on reaching business goals or advancing the company.
There is good news, however: this process is avoidable and the problem is solvable. Instead of businesses installing an operating system on each computer, they can gain access to a cloud desktop. Desktop as a service (DaaS) is a cost-effective service for small businesses that want, but can’t afford to buy, a solid infrastructure.
A recent Midsize Insider article discusses upgrades with DaaS. The article asserts that DaaS would have been an easier alternative for companies that upgraded to a newer version of Windows:
“Using DaaS could have saved a lot of headaches and a lot of dollars as companies scrambled to switch from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8. The virtual desktop also provides stability and uniformity across the company’s computing infrastructure.”
DaaS allows small businesses to have easy access to new technology while staying on a budget. IT professionals are freed up to tackle more serious computing concerns instead of installing new software.
In addition, small businesses have access to an infrastructure that they could never afford on their own. They simply have to pick a plan and pay for their service and usage.