Tehama, highly secure cloud-based virtual desktops: Solving the DaaS dilemma

Lesley Slack

Anyone who has ever set up a desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) system knows the awful truth: It’s not really much more than an unmanaged cloud operating system, with little to speak of as far as security and compliance go.

This element of DaaS has never been ideal. But it’s especially 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 (or needing to hire specialized IT resources to get it done). 

These, coupled with ongoing licensing, latency, and total cost of ownership (TCO) issues, are major reasons why the DaaS market has been relatively slow to mature, according to Shawn Chance, a partner at OMERS Ventures. But he also says it’s not just DaaS systems with these kinds of issues, adding that on-premise virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has for years suffered from similar problems. Virtual private networks (VPNs), as well, have their own cost, performance and security problems.

But the DaaS market has been growing fast of late. According to a 2019 Gartner report, it’s expected to see “rapid growth through 2023, growing to $2.6 billion with a compound annual growth rate of 58.8%” – and that was before the pandemic turned remote working on its head.  Spurring this multi-year trend are several converging factors referenced by Mr. Chance including public cloud maturity from multiple vendors (including better pricing and performance), a push by large players such as Amazon into DaaS solutions, and rising cybersecurity and compliance concerns on the part of organizations with large workforces.

Still, though, whether you’re talking about DaaS vs. VDI, VPN vs. VDI, or DaaS vs. VPN, the above problems remain. Until you include Tehama in the equation.

How Tehama solves the DaaS dilemma

Tehama is like a virtual office as a service that’s been built to facilitate the next stage of digital transformation: The secure and compliant deployment of a massive remote workforce, not confined to traditional office spaces or even geographies, but without the problems consistently plaguing DaaS and VDI we mentioned above. Tehama achieves this through:

  • Insanely fast onboarding: Instead of taking weeks or months to onboard a global team to a traditional DaaS – and possibly several months longer for new vendors – Tehama users can spin up secure and compliant virtual offices, rooms and desktops for distributed teams in a matter of minutes (and scale them back down, if necessary, just as quickly). A single click is all it takes to provision flexible, powerful custom workspaces that can be deployed anywhere.
  • A zero trust environment, right out of the box: Through multi-factor authentication; network isolation; least privilege permissions; automated firewalls, anti-virus tools, encryption, and patch and update mechanisms; and secure channels connecting end users with cloud and corporate systems. File vaults allow complete control of what gets uploaded or downloaded within a Tehama Room, while continuously scanning files for viruses or malware. Tehama also rotates penetration testers each quarter.
  • Seamless compliance: Through built-in SOC 2 Type II compliance controls, compliance audit logs, and always-on, perfectly witnessed recordings of everything that goes on within a Tehama Room for auditing purposes. Administrators can easily track when and by whom a Room was created, user login information, session details, and records of who accessed particular files and when. Tehama is also audited and certified by Deloitte every six months. 

Tehama Rooms also have the flexibility to support and audit multiple organizations collaborating within a single workspace. For engineers and data scientists working on compute-heavy activities within software or video game design, electronic design, media and entertainment, or IT administration, Tehama is a secure, compliant and user-friendly option that can facilitate High Performance Computing (HPC) use cases on both Windows and Linux virtual desktops.

On Wednesday, July 22 at 11 am ET, Shawn Chance, Venture Partner at OMERS Ventures, Robert Scoble, author,  futurist and technology strategist, Craig Irwin, Vice President of Global Strategic Accounts and Alliances at Tehama, and Jaymes Davis, Director of Product Strategy at Tehama, will participate in a discussion on the leading technologies that are shaping the future of work at the Digital by Default Summit. Learn more about the event here.



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