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Solution Brief

Less Costly VDI Data Security for Small Retailers

DaaS Deployment (Desktop-as-a-Service)

What you'll need
With DaaS, small retailers gain:
  • Enhanced data security, with no customer information stored locally on the POS system, and automatic cloud-backups
  • An immediate return on investment & lower TCO than traditional VDI or desktop PCs
  • Predictable monthly costs, typically paying only for what is used
  • Simplified management, with no need to add IT staff

Data breaches among major retailers are on the rise, with a year/year increase around 25% in 2014 according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. With cyber security a growing concern, and large retailers spending millions to protect customer data, many smaller retailers are left wondering how to do the same, without breaking the budget. What’s more, many small retailers now use iPad- or Smartphone-based POS systems, further exposing customer data to risk via device theft.


While virtualized desktops (VDI) enhance security by removing data from local devices, the complexity, staffing requirements and implementation costs are prohibitively high for many smaller retailers. Cloud-hosted desktops, or Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), on the other hand, offers a less costly and easier-to-manage means of achieving the benefits of VDI – making the security of non-persistent desktops achievable for nearly any sized business. With DaaS, retailers purchase VDI back-end services from a third-party provider on a subscription basis, including data storage, backup, security, and upgrades. Virtual desktops are delivered to any device via the Internet, providing the security benefits of VDI, along with deployment at a fraction of the IT resources, time and cost required for traditional VDI.

The value, efficiency, and reliability of DaaS can be further enhanced by the use of endpoint clients purpose-built to support desktop virtualization, such as ViewSonic’s discrete thin and zero clients, integrated thin and zero client displays, and smart display clients, which have been optimized for faster performance, lower power consumption, and longer product lifespan.