There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work. Last week, I wrote about how VMware, like many companies, has reopened its offices and created new options to allow employees to work in the office full-time, part-time (a hybrid model), or to be fully remote. (See The Hybrid Work Style May Be Our Post-Pandemic New Normal.) This week, I’ll talk about how VMware’s technology enables this flexibility.
VMware is no newcomer to the world of remote work. Our products and services have untethered desk workers since the beginning of the 21st century, allowing them to access IT-managed desktop applications and files from anywhere in the world. The cloud added even more flexibility, enabling real-time collaboration and sophisticated SaaS applications — things that were once nothing more than science fiction. We’ve come a long way, baby!
That said, many companies still have a ways to go. While the number of cloud-deployed VMware Horizon desktops grew by 82% in the first six weeks of the pandemic, key challenges remained, such as fragmented security, operational complexity, and sub-par user experience.
In the fall of 2021, we introduced the Anywhere Workspace, which supports fully remote, hybrid, and in-office work styles. It significantly improves both performance and uptime, enhancing user experience. It also secures the distributed edge, which had proven to be a conspicuous vulnerability during the pandemic. By combining endpoint security and endpoint management with network edge security, the Anywhere Workspace allows security operations teams to measure risk across connected control points, then surface for automated remediation and orchestration — definitely a step up from the VPN.
The Anywhere Workspace is composed of multiple products:
- VMware Horizon and cloud-native Horizon Cloud, our virtual desktop and app platforms
- VMware Workspace One, which enables zero trust
- VMware Secure Access and Secure Access Service Edge, which provide secure, high-performance access to the network and apps from remote and mobile devices
- VMware SD-WAN, which virtualizes WAN connections
- VMware Carbon Black, which provides cloud-native endpoint protection
Together, these products truly make remote work practical and secure enough for the enterprise. So, whether you stay home, go to the office, or a combination of both, there’s a VMware remote work solution for every organization.
What products are you using to make remote work workable for you? Let me know in the comments.