by David Paquette, Scale Computing (https://www.scalecomputing.com/)
In wake of Coronavirus, a rush to work from home is in full swing in businesses across the world. The industry has been moving in this direction for some time, but many have not fully embraced what is now required, which has left them scrambling to purchase new laptops, desktops and other devices that are now in short supply. As an alternative, it is always possible to connect each employee directly to an existing work desktop using remote desktop protocols. This can be tedious, challenging, and time consuming especially working across a variety of devices and enabling VPN on these devices for security.
You are invited to attend our webinar entitled “Providing Secure Employee Work-From-Home IT Solutions” to learn more details about these work-from-home options.
There are some good options for setting up gateway and connection broker services to take the hassle out of connecting “bring your own device” (BYOD) devices. The gateway gives your employee a secure point to connect into the office network and the connection broker handles connecting the employees to the correct desktop systems. Leostream is a trusted partner that provides this kind of solution and can convert Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to HTML5 so that users can connect to desktops easily through the browser of their choice.
For infrastructure, this connection broker and gateway solution can work whether you have physical desktops, have VDI deployed, or are running terminal services/RDSH. You most likely already have all the infrastructure you need, although you will need a couple new VMs to run the gateway and broker to start getting users connected. Using your existing infrastructure is what you need at this moment to get users connected and working as quickly as possible.
Watch a short video here by Alan Conboy, Office of the CTO, that shows how to quickly and easily configure this Remote Desktop Access solution in under an hour:
In the longer term, which may even still be under the scope of isolated workers, it is a good idea to think more seriously about virtual desktop solutions or terminal services. These solutions can keep your workers connected from a variety of devices while keeping your sensitive and business-critical data safely residing on your data center storage. This is where simple, scalable, and highly available infrastructure solutions like HC3 from Scale Computing help you deploy VDI solutions more easily, more quickly, and at a lower cost than competing solutions. That is one of the reasons we have technology partners like Leostream that provide the types of solutions you need to handle this crisis and those to come, global or local.
For now, though, let us help you get your workers connected as quickly and as easily as possible so you can keep the lights on and focus on your next steps. For more information on how we can help, call us at 877-722-5359 or email us at [email protected].