By Rachael Gomer
Azure Solutions Architect, Atmosera
The novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has strongly impacted the US, with CDC-confirmed cases in all 50 states. Many of the focused regions of infection also happen to include the nation’s most impactful tech markets. What does this mean for the way we do business? Does your business continuity plan encompass procedures for a potential pandemic or other unplanned events?
In the first ripples of the virus, we saw many businesses impacted directly by supply-chain issues in Asia for hardware and the halting of international travel to affected regions. Companies large and small started testing their “Work from Home” procedures and their underlying technology infrastructure as the number of confirmed cases increased. Companies, regardless of location within the US, asked that all employees exhibiting symptoms stay at home. Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon were some of the first major companies that required staff work to from home. Microsoft converted its annual MVP summit to a virtual summit, to prevent spread, while Google outright canceled the Developer I/O conference, and Facebook canceled the F8 software developer conference. As the pandemic progressed, many other conferences were canceled and companies around the country transitioned to remote workforces.
Atmosera has always been flexible with remote work, but it is because we have the infrastructure to do so. Our engineers are on-call and we are a geo-dispersed company. This type of workflow is second nature to us. If you find that you are not in Atmosera’s situation, and not ready to support your workforce in a distributed, “Work from Home” manner, you may have an operational gap that needs to be addressed swiftly. By doing so, we all play a small but vital part in preventing spread and flattening the curve, which will have a big impact on our society and healthcare systems.
We are here to help you modernize your underlying infrastructure to improve your readiness for business continuity impacting events with tools like Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), which is a new product as of 2019 replacing traditional Remote Desktop Service (RDS) deployments and works better and is less expensive than other Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions. With a tool like WVD properly configured, you can maintain your data-sovereignty, digital loss, and positive InfoSec stance without deploying hardware solutions, DMZs, or VPNs.
Atmosera can assist you with an assessment, rapid deployment, and continuous management of WVD. This modern virtual desktop solution can be deployed fully through Azure and can be run as hybrid or non-hybrid deployment with your existing on-premises environment; anyone with a computer can have role-based access provisioned to your company’s resources with minimal lead time, all at a time when our customer’s success means healthy families. Talk to a Microsoft-certified expert today to learn more.
Updated April 3, 2020