By Rachael Gomer
Azure Solutions Architect, Atmosera
The novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has hit the US, with CDC-confirmed cases in 13 states and growing. Currently, 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 have started testing their “Work from Home” procedures and their underlying technology infrastructure this week as the number of confirmed cases rises. Companies, regardless of location within the U.S. have asked that all employees exhibiting symptoms stay at home.
The good news is that there are many negative COVID-19 tests, and because only individuals with symptoms were being tested, it means something more mundane is also circulating and that not every person getting sick will be diagnosed specifically with COVID-19. The bad news is that widespread testing has only just begun, which means the risk for community spread currently exists.
Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are requesting that Seattle-based staff work from home effective immediately. Microsoft has converted its annual MVP summit to a virtual summit, to prevent spread, while Google has outright canceled the Developer I/O conference, and Facebook has canceled the F8 software developer conference.
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 part in preventing community spread which could have a big impact on one person’s life.
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.
Whether you have one sick employee staying home or your entire workforce seeking to prevent exposure, Atmosera can assist you with your assessment, deployment, and 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.