Enterprises across the world are increasingly considering remote work as the primary method for operations across their workforce. Traditionally, to conduct work remotely, enterprises have provided people with access to corporate networks either via VPNs or on-premises VDI. Both approaches come with challenges that should be carefully considered.
Scalability, performance, and security concerns are paramount with VPNs. IT teams struggle to scale VPN infrastructure to support the necessary volume of users – both from a technical and budget standpoint. With a VPN, the quality of the end user experience depends greatly on the amount of traffic, as well as the latency and the bandwidth of the remote connection. Further, access to common SaaS applications is also funneled through the data center, resulting in substantially slower performance and reduced end user productivity. Lastly, many organizations are concerned about the security of VPNs; malware has a direct route into the datacenter and sensitive or regulated data can easily be copied to endpoints.
VDI can help secure apps and data but suffers from significant scalability and agility limitations at a time when enterprises need the utmost flexibility to grow. Adding infrastructure to support additional virtual desktop users is expensive and complex to deploy. From an end user perspective, performance can be terrible depending on the distance between the user and the datacenter.
In short, VPN and VDI technologies actually stymie enterprise growth compared with what’s possible today with alternative approaches. Neither of these technologies were designed to address the widespread work-from-home scenarios companies are experiencing today – and for the foreseeable future.
Today’s IT teams require an end user computing solution that supports the ability to flexibly work from anywhere with little or no intervention from IT.