With the weather becoming less predictable, more and more companies are realising the potential of allowing employees to work remotely. Not only does it mean they remain productive whilst they are ‘snowed in’, but it also helps reduce costs long term. Some employees do not need to work in an office environment on a permanent basis or even at all. So organisations are starting to allow more remote working, providing hot desks in the office for when they do need to be in enabling them to remain productive, and ensure a secure, manageable environment.
So what do you need to consider if you are thinking about this route for your organisation? Well, we have put a few questions you may want to ask, along with some hints and tips for you:
- Do your employees working remotely have their own devices, or will you be providing them? Either way, with remote desktop services or VDI, you have more freedom to provide standard hardware across your organisation, with processing confined to the central server architecture rather than each individual device. If employees do bring their own devices it also helps you reduce your investment in depreciating assets and the need to maintain devices.
- What is your current server infrastructure? You may need to consider whether you have the capacity and resources to manage a remote desktop server, or VDI solution.
- Do you have a number of programs that multiple users require? Again, save cost and time installing these on every machine, by making them available centrally.
- This isn’t just a solution for remote workers. Although that does become easier. Even office based workers, no matter how disparate, can have basic desktop devices which connect to a powerful central infrastructure.
- Why VDI and not remote desktop services – well it provides additional functionality, removed the blockages sometimes caused on a terminal server infrastructure, and ensures users are managed individually.
These are just a few thoughts, but with more and more employees needing to work in a number of locations, no matter what the time of day, or the needs of that individual, they can access your infrastructure through a secure connection day or night.
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