Let’s have a “Real Talk”. The Coronavirus (Covid-19) has impacted us in ways we never thought imaginable. Our communities, our economy, our ability to travel and how we’re able to work. Coronavirus has introduced mass work from home, whereas before we maybe had a handful of employees working a handful of days remotely. Do you think your company is able to maintain and withstand an ongoing Work from Home model and still maintain your company’s confidentiality, integrity and security of your data? Business managers are currently utilizing a makeshift, short-term approach for working remotely that lacks safety and security. Employees have decreased their productivity with a lack of resources to work, Managers and Directors lack insights into their employees’ day to day work-related activities. Teams are hesitant to move forward with current solutions due to increased security concerns. Planning for the future requires a forward-thinking plan!
Do you have a Continuity Plan in place already, maybe something for a Disaster Recovery or a full outage? Do you recall the last time your company reviewed and updated this plan? Does it still hold up to today’s Working Day? If not, it may be time to sit down and redesign your Disaster Recovery for our modern-day issues such as remote work, data redundancy, and data recovery.
What would happen if you had a set of employees who work with critical company systems and they were unable to perform their daily functions due to not being able to work at the office, or even remotely since they can’t reach your companies Server Drives? Do you have a plan in place to continue your company’s day to day tasks that can be accomplished from anywhere?
At this point in time, we’re all asking ourselves the same questions; Do we wait for the virus to settle and things to “return to normal” or do we act now? Let me ask you this, can things return to what was formerly “normal” or do you think it’s time to expand what you company, and your employees are capable of?
The thing is, there is not a quick fix that can cover all types of companies with a simple new work model. It’s a lot more complicated than that, since each company has so many variables such as how many employees they have, do they have field operations, satellite offices, security protocols. One thing we know for sure is during this time the last thing we want to do is make compliance more difficult, or your employees’ jobs even harder to accomplish during this trying time.
With that all being said a good solution is remote access for your employees if you haven’t done such already. It’s one thing to send your employees home with a work issued laptop where they can perform most of their daily tasks but you also risk them not having access to files, programs, shared drives, etc. from their home network. We here at CloudColorado have rolled out a few different models of Work from Home for our clients, the two biggest being Cloud Desktops (Virtual Hosted Desktops), as well as Remote Desktop Connection (RDP software) so that our users can have the same experience from home as they do at the office.
Let’s delve into Cloud Desktops: the benefit of these is that your user can use ANY device (yes, this includes their home computers, tablets, and even smart phones) to access their virtual cloud desktop. This means that they can access any/all applications, data, shares, and printers from any computer anywhere they are. They inherit the same security and permissions that they would have in the office domain. It’s great for companies who find themselves that need to scale depending on projects or seasons but it also gives your employees a fantastic opportunity to have consistency when at the office or at home without having to worry about software updates or missing critical data. By rolling out Virtual Cloud Desktops you no longer need to worry about full hard drives, upgrades, updates, maintenance. That is all handled for you on the back end and we here at Cloud Colorado would be more than happy to set up a quick demonstration or even spin up a Cloud Desktop of your own to try out!
If spinning up a new cloud environment seems a bit daunting at this time with everything going on, we also recommend providing to your users means to remotely access their work computer from home. We offer solutions which allow users to securely sign into their portal and access the computer sitting at their work desk from the safety and comfort of home. This enables your employee to never be without their daily work, programs, shares, and office printers. They simply access it all from home so the next time they’re in the office they pick up right where they left off the day previously as if they’ve been there the whole time.
The most beneficial part of both of these solutions is SECURITY. You are not risking your company’s data from going missing by issuing a laptop for your user to take home and potentially misplace. Your data remains safe on your servers, whether those be Cloud Servers or Physical Servers at your office. You can also save time and money by having your employees work from their personal systems.
Call CloudColorado today! We’ll help you get started!