We are talking with a growing number of customers who, out of an abundance of caution, are developing contingency plans for working and learning from home due to Coronavirus concerns. There are several options available to support your contingency planning around Covid-19 depending on your IT environment. Here are three:
Option 1: Scale Up Your existing VPN
If your most important applications and data are hosted on-premises, you may need to reconfigure or scale up your VPN solution to support additional users for a brief period. An example of this approach is Pulse Secure’s “In case of Emergency (ICE)” licensing which will cover a temporary burst in users at very low cost.
Option 2: VMware Workspace One
If the management of your environment is primarily VMware-based, then VMware Workspace ONE is a good cloud VDI option. It allows browser-based access to applications and data hosted in a public cloud environment (AWS or Azure) to support work/learn from home activities.
Option 3: Windows Virtual Desktop
If you’re using Microsoft 365 solutions, the quickest route to cloud VDI may be Windows Virtual Desktop. It provides simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) with fast deployment.