Today, it is increasingly important to enable your employees to work remotely. Working remotely gives employees flexibility while making them even more productive, which in turn keeps them engaged and happy. Blurring the lines between working at home versus working in the office is a primary reason why user productivity has been steadily climbing in the recent past. The importance of facilitating remote work is further amplified during pandemics, disasters, and other unforeseen events that force many organizations to give their employees the resources they need to stay productive while they are at home. But giving a large number of end users access to corporate resources quickly is no easy task
A common way for organizations to provide their users secure access to the corporate network is through a virtual private network (VPN). Many organizations opted to expand their VPN to accommodate larger numbers of employees working from home.
When the pandemic hit, organizations wanted to build or expand their existing virtual desktop and application environments quickly because they knew those environments would be a secure and manageable way to deliver corporate resources to additional end users and use cases.
One day end users were coming into the office; the next day they were sheltering in place at home. If an employee doesn’t have a corporate-owned device, how are they going to securely access corporate resources? Organizations that wanted to purchase endpoints for their users were met with long lead times due to high demand and limited supply.
As workers were forced to work from home during the pandemic, some organizations found themselves scrambling to get certain groups of users the resources they needed. For example, power users like designers and developers require high-powered workstations with graphics processing units (GPU).
When the pandemic hit, many organizations asked, “What resources do we have available now, and how can we best put them to work?” Without a long-term plan in place, organizations were often limited to doing more of the same: expanding their VPN to accommodate more users or extending their virtual desktop environment.