Improve Accessibility with Virtualization

By Joe Gillis, VP of Sales, GVC - 16 Jan, 2024
Physical Security
5 Minutes Read

Recent times have seen a massive spike in the use of the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) norm by organizations across the globe. Be it the pandemic or the emerging remote working culture, employees have been using personal devices in the modern workplace. A study by Zippia1 indicates that around 83% of companies surveyed had a BYOD policy, and close to 75% of employees use their own devices in the workplace.

BYOD gives employees the much-needed flexibility and mobility, which is paramount today. However, there are inherent challenges in using mobile devices, as there is a possibility of malicious attacks that comprise the entire business network. The solution lies in Virtual Desktop Environments (VDE), which provide a secure pathway to access the business networks from any device.

The Emergence of Virtual Desktop Environment

The VDI, or Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure, was developed over ten years ago, which allowed operating systems such as Microsoft Windows to be hosted at a data center and delivered through the network to a PC. Through this technological find, Virtualized Desktop Environments (VDE) were born. VDEs have vast capabilities that make it perfect for a mobile workforce.

With more employees working on the go, VDEs are essential for safety, efficiency, and productivity. 

Benefits that VDE can offer for your mobilized workforce

Simplified Management

Updating or patching each device across your organization takes time and a lot of IT manpower. Management of these devices to ensure security and safety adds to the bill. A centralized, virtual environment is more straightforward to maintain, thus increasing your productivity. You can utilize the virtualization services, such as with our CloudBlu offering.

Your IT department can view, make changes, and find threats remotely at one centralized location. They can also view which devices are online and which are not to control the environment better. A simpler device management strategy gives your team more time to focus on other essential tasks. Using the latest technologies, such as Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM), you can safeguard access to business networks in BYOD.

Reduced Downtime

Any downtime in your business can cause serious consequences, including loss of revenue and security threats. VDEs allow for better management of software updates to reduce downtime associated with system changes. You do not have to rely on one single machine to do all the work. Instead, a VDE is spread across many devices, giving you freedom to work even when you have trouble in one location.

Accessibility of All Apps and Data – Anywhere

One of the best benefits of implementing a VDE is the accessibility anytime and anywhere. VDEs make that possible, along with secure storage in the cloud. Employees are connected to their workload all day, allowing you to have meetings and sessions no matter where your team works.

Greater Device Flexibility

Using a VDE with a BYOD program saves your business the cost of purchasing new equipment. VDEs can be used on virtually any device (laptop, PC, tablet, mobile), making it easy for your employees to access, no matter what they choose. A VDE is a great way to jump into virtualization by replacing your physical infrastructure.

Improved Efficiency and Reduced Cost

VDE programs can help you save thousands in overhead, no matter how small your company is. Businesses will no longer need to provide a physical workspace. You can gain from the high upfront costs for physical devices and servers for storage, as all the data and applications are on the cloud.

You can move from a CapEx (Capital Expenditure) to an OpEx (Operational Expenditure) model, as VDEs require a subscription charge based on a pay-as-you-go model. VDEs will improve your agility to grow as the market changes. You have greater control over your spending and use, allowing you to scale up or down depending on your business needs.

Faster Disaster Recovery

Any fire or hurricane disaster can leave your business reeling, with your team trying to pick up the pieces. VDEs allow your business to recover quickly from a disaster or a security incident, compared to conventional disaster recovery in a physical environment.

It’s now possible to reduce overall recovery times within hours or less, which is very different from the traditional one to the two-day recovery period. With a VDE, you do not have to rebuild servers, applications, or operating systems. It already exists for you and can be brought back online quickly.

Mobile is growing fast. Are you ready to bring accessibility to your workforce? Are you ready to improve your efficiency and lower costs?

 A VDE can change how you do business, no matter the circumstances. New Era Technology offers many virtualization services to fit your needs, regardless of business size. Contact us to learn how we can help you achieve your goals and accelerate your path towards digital transformation.





Author: Joe Gillis, VP of Sales, GVC

Joe Gillis, a graduate of Loyola University, began his career with FTG Technologies, a New Era Technology company, in 2010 as an Account Executive. After proving his skills in team-building, client interaction, and developing strategic relationships, he was promoted to Sales Manager in 2012. Today, Joe continues to lead the sales team and serves as a member of the senior management team. When Joe isn’t leading the sales team he enjoys time with his young family and is an avid golfer. Prior to joining FTG, Joe worked for the PGA Tour within Tournament Operations.