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Coronavirus Making Companies Rethink Remote Employees


Coronavirus is impacting the lives of billions of people, and has topped 94,000 cases around the world. At this point, travel plans, weddings, conferences, and festivals such as South by South West (SxSW), and even the Olympics are on a wait and see basis or just cancelled. In many Asian, European, and Middle Eastern countries schools have closed and cities are on lock down.

Experts predict that the virus will lead to two possible outcomes. One, the spread is curtailed and banished by the efforts of people around the world, like SARS. Or two it becomes an epidemic.

A new challenge for IT teams

If the virus becomes an epidemic, which based on the recent stats is a possibility, it will introduce a daunting challenge for IT teams: Support thousands of employees who will be asked to stay home and work remotely while maintaining secure environments. The move to work remotely has been happening over this last decade.  This virus is speeding up the process!  Zoom, video conferencing software, added more subscribers in the month of February than all of 2019 as workers search for easy ways to maintain that "in office" feel. IT teams now face the challenge of enabling those workers to perform their daily tasks remotely, while continuing to access systems, applications and internal technical resources that have historically resided within the walls and security of the office. If they fail to achieve this transition or their employees become less efficient due to access issues or their data becomes more vulnerable to cyber-attack -- our problems become much larger than the virus itself - a global financial and economic crisis, unlike anything we've seen in recent times.

It is time for VDI to become a global standard

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has been around for a long time. Think of it as your desktop traveling with you wherever you go, except you don't have to carry a computer from place to place. You can sit in front of any type of computer from anywhere and access your desktop files and applications as if you logged into your main computer. Coronavirus will not be the last global health issue we will face. With the speed at which people around the world travel and are physically connected with each other, any new diseases can spread within days and touch many lives in many countries. IT teams need to deal with Coronavirus today but also be prepared for any future outbreaks - because the rate of the introduction of contagious diseases will be increasing for sure, based on recent stats.

So, why haven't IT teams embraced VDI in more organizations? The main issue has been the cost and challenge of making it all work. Multiple products from various vendors have to be purchased, integrated, and managed.  IT teams have to become certified and take time attending classes to handle the complex environment typical VDI deployments require.  If they don't, they face an unstable system, managed by costly specialized consultants giving them plenty of reasons to lose sleep at night.  These are the reasons VDI has not been a more established technology.

History of the computer has taught us what to do next

If you think about the history of the computer - First people worked with a single computer without any network connections. Then the computer was connected to a network where computers could communicate with each other. After that came the client and server technology which, to this day, many computing environments are based on.  However, you have to install all sorts of applications, like email clients, ERP clients, chat and other communication applications on the computer to make it functional. Your mobile phone for example is nothing but a machine to host all those apps that communicate to a server farm in the cloud.  The future of end user computing will be a simple window, a browser, or a thin client as it is called in the industry. This window gives users access to all the applications, without needing a powerful computer. This is VDI. This is where the world will be going. It's just a matter of time until IT organizations embrace it. The question is -- why wait?


About the Author

Yama Habibzai President & Chief Operating Officer 

yama habibzai

Yama has been involved with IT technology for over 20 years, with experiences in IT systems, network, application, security and cloud. He currently manages business operations at HiveIO.

About HiveIO

Delivering on the promise of a single unified VDI platform from a single vendor, HiveIO enables IT teams to deploy full VDI technology for their organizations in less than 1 hour, and pay with simple per user per month pricing. We have customers that are supporting thousands of employees with remote desktops. Using swarm theory, the system self-heals, is easy to use, and IT teams don't need any certification or special training. You can get your employees the access they need while maintaining the security you need today-within hours or days, not months or years.  Learn more at

Published Wednesday, March 04, 2020 1:25 PM by David Marshall
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