May wonder if this is really the best time to think about the future of your workplace but then when? Public and private sector organizations strove to address global disruption with speed and ingenuity, using all the resources they had and, in the process, unveiling new possibilities for a more flexible mobile workforce.
During the last year thousands of companies have been forced to modify their work plans and send their employees home, creating their own ad hoc networks from consumer Wi-Fi accounts, turning vacant rooms into full-time workspaces. Aiming to replicate your Professional End User Computing (EUC) experience at home while continuing to achieve a productivity standard in the office.
What’s the score? Many companies transfer a large workload to the cloud as the single most viable solution to continue working efficiently. But it hasn’t been perfect: the user experience for certain applications may be lagging, and as a long-term solution, using primarily the public cloud can be an expensive option.
Now, with the return to “normality” many companies are evaluating whether the best option is to return to an office or keep work remotely, therefore this is an opportunity for organizations to start planning long-term strategies that support remote workers. COVID-19 forced us to implement quick fixes; Today is when we must take the time to implement what is right, for today and in the future.
Maintaining a proper balance between public and private cloud
When the pandemic began, many organizations sent applications and important information to the cloud, but kept their back-end in the data center. The act of separating applications from processing resulted in data extraction along long paths, increasing latency and degrading the user experience.
Access to certain applications that are more suitable for living on premises became slower, affecting their productivity.
Keep everything profitable and in control
Running a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) involves a very demanding workload that requires significant specific resources, as well as being able to activate and deactivate those resources as needed. Unfortunately, most public cloud solutions don’t offer that level of control over hardware; If you are consuming your resources, you are paying for availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless of whether you are actively using them or have already gone home at night.
If the organization can use cloud-based VDI 24/7, for example by hiring shift workers, then it becomes a more profitable alternative. However, if not used after hours, paying for those unused VDI resource hours could triple your costs compared to local installations. The key is being able to maintain strict control over the hardware, disabling it when not in use. This is a capability that a local data center enjoys, while you relinquish that control in a public cloud.
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