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Workplaces are shifting to a more virtual environment. Find out how investing in your network can increase flexibility, decrease costs, and provide a better service to your employees and customers.
Companies are conducting operations in a more mobile and virtual manner at an increasing rate. Virtual based workplace implementations include Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI), which has aided the shift in organizational structure, strategic planning, and everyday operations of workplaces both large and small. A product of this work-related shift is a distributed workforce– more distributed brand offices and employees remote from headquarters than ever before.
Companies rarely operate out of a single office, and face a growing need in connecting multiple locations with headquarters and with each other. Walmart, McDonalds, and Chase Bank all operate in over 5,000 locations around the world. Information is sent and received from each location on a daily basis, and new locations are being created each year.
According to Global Workplace Analytics, telecommuting alone has increased from 2005 to 2012 by 79.7%, despite an overall drop in the total workforce from 2011 to 2012. This trend has allowed several modernized companies to have fully distributed teams. Some other fully distributed companies include Mozilla, inVision, Upworthy, Zapier, and Basecamp. Brie Weiler Reynolds recognized that these companies do not see their remote work environment as just a luxury. “They [employers] don’t see virtual working as a perk, but as a necessity, as standard operating procedure – as THE way to do business.”
Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI) allow companies to work on cloud-based networks in order to tap into technological resources while at a remote location. The VDI market is expected to see a significant increase as the need for remote access continues to grow. The shift to a virtual based working environment has allowed companies to reduce overhead costs and avoid the need to have servers and hardware at physical locations, resulting in substantial savings, often in the millions. The importance of technology within a company has shifted from hardware to the cloud and Wide Area Networks (WAN).
WAN optimization increases the efficiency of transferring data across a network, allowing individual applications to work at an optimal rate. VDI, VoIP, streaming video, and additional real-time applications require available bandwidth from multiple unique sources. To create an excess of available bandwidth, WAN virtualization comes into play.
WAN virtualization compliments WAN optimization by providing bandwidth aggregation. The aggregation of available bandwidth results in increased performance within the WAN. Ecessa’s WAN Virtualization system, WANworX™, allows companies to design, deploy and manage multi-site, multi-layer wide area networks. WANworX is cost-effective, scalable and flexible, and ensures Never Down™ performance.
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