What are the best technologies for remote work in 2022?
What remote working solutions should you invest in?
And what do you actually need to implement to support your remote workforce?
In this post, we’ll give you answers to all three questions.
So if you’re planning your IT budget for 2022 or reevaluating your current tech stack, you’ll enjoy this post.
Let’s dive right in.
#1 Cloud Computing
During 2020 and 2021, cloud computing exploded as work went remote.
In 2022, we will undoubtedly see a continuation of rapid adoption and growth.
Let’s go over some key cloud computing trends organizations are moving to adopt.
Since businesses started migrating to the cloud, they have had two options.
They can use public cloud solutions or private cloud solutions.
Today, companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and IBM (the biggest cloud providers) are expanding their rollout of “hybrid” models.
These hybrid clouds adopt a best-of-both-worlds approach.
Edge computing is another cloud trend. The cloud is acting as a hub and localized data centers as the outer end of spokes.
The edge data centers are located at, or near, the place where they are needed.
This design lowers the load placed on the cloud. Also, it improves processing speeds near the data center.
Artificial intelligence has come to depend on the cloud. The two have become interdependent.
AI makes decisions that manage data, provides insights, and optimizes workflows.
On the other hand, cloud computing supports artificial intelligence as it interacts with humans.
#2 Secure remote access
Remote employees need secure access to the company’s network, data and applications.
Let’s look at some remote work tech solutions that can guarantee it.
Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides secure access through public connections.
It uses advanced encryptions to create a secure internet connection between a user and a network.
Although VPN is technically a security solution, it does enable remote access to the network.
Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a secure network protocol. It enables the remote management of virtual desktops and applications.
Unlike VPN, RDP allows users to access applications and data on any device, anytime.
IAM stands for Identity and Access Management. It includes an extensive verification process to confirm the validity of all logins.
It can be used as a VPN alternative or paired with a VPN.
Privileged Access Management (PAM) is a solution that helps restrict privileged access. PAM includes advanced credential security, such as user activity monitoring, systems and data access control, etc.
Zero Trust is a security framework. It assumes all users are threats and must be verified before being given any access.
Zero Trust has basic features of a VPN, but with an additional layer of security.
#3 RDP Solutions
RDP allows a user to connect to another computer over a network connection.
It means your employees can securely access everything to do their jobs: desktops, softwares, applications, etc.
There are different RDP-based solutions for remote work operations.
Remote Desktop Services (RDS) lets users share remote desktop environments. In other words, it allows you to take control over a remote Windows computer via internet connection.
RDS can be configured so only certain applications are available to remote users.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is the hosting of desktop environments on a central server. It’s a form of desktop virtualization.
Desktop operating systems run within virtual machines (VMs). They are then delivered to end clients over a network.
You specify which tools can be used, how systems are monitored, where data is stored, and who has access.
Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) uses a cloud computing offering.
A service provider delivers virtual desktops to end users over the internet.
DaaS solutions are usually subscription-based and charged by the seat. This cost model ensures you’re paying only for the resources you’re actively using.
The provider handles monitoring, upgrades, availability and troubleshooting.
Still, your IT staff has to deal with the management of the applications, data and security.
Workspace-as-a-service (WaaS) is a “business-ready” remote work solution.
It delivers a true virtual workspace with all your employees need to do their job on their desktop.
It’s similar to DaaS, but with anti-virus protection, supporting apps, data storage, data backup, etc.
WaaS provides a virtual desktop in a cloud and all features needed to run your business. It’s a full package, so the per-seat cost is bigger.
A CSP powers all backend services, including managed backup and remote monitoring.
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We listed some of the best technologies for working remotely.
Still, the precise tools for working remotely depend on the job type, industry, and other factors specific for your business.
Implementation of remote work is stressful and challenging.
And it has to be successful.
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