Even before the current pandemic, working remotely was becoming increasingly popular. According to Global Workplace Analytics, 20 – 25% of the workforce was telecommuting at least some of the time, and forecasters predicted that percentage would grow.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced massive numbers of individuals to work remotely. For many, this has been a challenge because either they never had to perform their roles in a virtual environment, or they did not have the option to bring their work computer home. This means that some employees are using their own personal devices, but they still need to access business-critical applications in order to be productive.
IT managers can accomplish this by using application virtualization technology.
Below are five ways a virtual application can make remote work easier while still ensuring the security of your network and data.
- Application virtualization technology separates the application layer from the OS, meaning that the applications don’t need to be installed locally on the user’s personal devices. The application resides on a virtual machine on a server and uses the operating system of that remote server, therefore enabling access to the application without needing to install it on the target device. The virtualization layer replaces a portion of the runtime environment typically supplied by the OS, transparently diverting files and registry log changes to a single executable file. This allows incompatible apps to run adjacently.
- IT managers have more control over which users can access which applications, or remove the user’s access if his or her position changes within an organization. Without application virtualization, the admin would have to physically uninstall the app from the user’s device. In addition, if a user loses his or her device, the IT admin can revoke a user’s access to sensitive data, which helps add an extra layer of security.
- To ensure the protection of sensitive company data when people are working from personal devices, IT can prevent users from saving files to their devices. Desktop containers, for example, allow you to create encrypted sandboxes that can house both data and applications. The contents of these sandboxes can be seen and accessed only by users that have been assigned access to the container. Additionally, end-users can create their own containers to keep things separated if they desire. This is a great way to help prevent accidental data leakage on both corporate-owned and personal-owned devices. When using a container, an end-user must first unlock the container to access the applications within that container. They can then make changes to files or create new files with only the applications that are assigned to the container. When saving files from the applications, all files are always saved to the container.
- Users will have instant access to the latest version of apps without administrators needing to update software on every user’s device. When you run updates on the server, an application such as Office 365 picks up the latest version. This saves application time, making it easier to deploy apps from one central server. Unlike many legacy technologies, application virtualization can deliver all your Windows apps; IT managers don’t have to install applications to every user’s device. This frees up time for IT staff to keep things running smoothly. IT admins can deploy virtual applications to all kinds of connected devices, regardless of those devices’ operating systems or storage space. It becomes possible to run apps on home or non-managed machines. This flexibility lends greater productivity and success than if users were only able to access software at their worksites or on managed machines.
- Application virtualization provides cost-effective licensing and server setup. Virtual application delivery maintains a standard, cost-effective operating system configuration across multiple machines by isolating applications from their local operating systems. Additional cost advantages include saving on license costs and greatly reducing the need for support services to maintain a healthy computing environment.
Setting up a secure digital workspace has benefits and challenges, but having the right elements and technologies in place will ensure success. Users can access their business-critical apps anytime, anywhere, on any device. And virtual application delivery gives you the peace of mind that your network and data are secure.
The experts at Sirius provide first-class services to manage your operations by creating designs for application virtualization environments based on your requirements, objectives and strategy. This ensures that user workflows are in place before technology solutions are implemented, so you can focus more on your business and less on your technology. Sirius offers valuable solutions, technologies that meet your needs, and highly skilled expertise to help you become more effective, agile and secure. Contact a Sirius representative today to see how you can set up a virtual application delivery for your organization.