The traditional workforce model of permanent employees located in a single or small number of offices has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, accelerated by the effects of the current economic landscape. Drivers of this trend include initiatives to generate growth and expand into new markets, improve customer service, speed new products to market, improve decision-making processes, and increase both worker and overall organizational productivity. The trend is further accelerated by the cost-saving advantages across labor, travel and facility budgets, the desire to tap a broader labor pool, and improving employee satisfaction and thus retention.
While a virtual workforce provides many tangible benefits to organizations, it also increases the complexity of the challenges associated with delivering IT to a variety of user scenarios. The challenges include managing productivity and collaboration across various worker types while securely delivering desktops, applications, data, communications and support to ensure that these workers are as productive as possible, no matter where they are located. These challenges can be easily addressed if the right IT solution is put into place as a foundation for support.
What is Virtualization?
At its core, Virtualization is the process through which companies leverage software to consolidate resources and IT management to provide a higher level of service at a reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). In the case of Server Virtualization it's a matter of consolidating the operations of multiple physical servers into virtual servers hosted and partitioned on one physical server. Application virtualization addresses the need to centralize end-user applications at the datacenter. Desktop Virtualization brings fully personalized desktops of an entire workforce from individual personal computing devices to the datacenter. Storage virtualization pools resources, and leverages unused storage assets across disparate arrays in a SAN, unifying the management system.
Virtualization technology enables you to do more with less. Whether it's Application, Desktop, Server, or Storage Virtualization, these solutions directly impact the performance end-users need to stay productive, the IT infrastructure's ability to quickly adapt and scale, and the organization's overall ability to operate efficiently and stay ahead, is indispensable.
When adopting a virtualization strategy, organizations instantly see:
- Lower Total Cost of Ownership
- Increase Resource Utilization
- Increase Operational Efficiency
- Improve Manageability and Control
No matter the strategy, virtualization is a powerful technology that is now an indispensable component of any forward thinking, efficiency minded organization.
Overcome Business Interruptions
Planned or unplanned business interruptions—such as IT maintenance outages or site closures due to fire, natural disasters, transit strikes, pandemics and severe weather—can displace employees from their normal workplace, significantly reduce their productivity and, in turn, hurt the company financially.
When disaster strikes an IT environment, desktops, applications, data and servers must be brought online as quickly as possible to ensure that workers have access to the entire network. IT must build highly available systems that link redundant datacenters to provide employees with business-critical desktops and applications at all times.
- Provide reliable access to desktops and applications, no matter what for uninterrupted productivity during a planned or unplanned outage.
- Ensure successful recovery by bringing the datacenter and access back online quickly and seamlessly following an outage.
- Maintain data security to avoid the loss of corporate assets and safeguard the privacy of client or patient data.
Snyder Technologies will help ensure business continuity to better manage operational risk with an information infrastructure designed to provide business as usual productivity and an on-demand workplace.
Secure Your Business
Security, compliance, and privacy are top-of-mind concerns for most IT organizations. Critical considerations must be addressed, whether the mission involves government agencies that operate under stringent security measures to protect strictly confidential information, health care organizations that must ensure the privacy of patient data or financial services organizations that must secure client data to comply with continually developing government regulations.
Regardless of unique industry requirements, the ability of any organization to protect and verify the security of its valuable assets and information, while operating successfully in the current dynamic business landscape, requires an understanding of the inherent challenges and having a strategic approach to solve them.
- Ensure data security and protect corporate assets by making sure the right people have the right level of access to confidential or sensitive data, even if it stored in a public or private cloud. This is a necessary safeguard and is especially critical when managing the intellectual property of a government agency or a health care organization's confidential patient information.
- Meet compliance regulations and protect against data loss by ensuring full logging, reporting and auditing, critical factors for a health care organization that must meet HIPAA requirements.
- Make security personal and tailored to support corporate initiatives such as Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC). By maintaining the flexibility and agility to adopt new strategic trends, while preventing internal and external security breaches, organizations can stay on the cutting edge and ensure competitive advantage to succeed now and in the future.
Snyder Technologies will enable organizations to successfully manage business risk with granular and flexible control from the datacenter to the desktop, limiting critically sensitive information to the right people, in the right context, at the right time.
What You Have
Decade after decade and across organizations worldwide, each successive wave of computing innovation—from mainframe to minicomputer to PC to client-server to Java to web services—has been piled on top of its predecessor. These technologies continue to provide organizations with best-of-breed capabilities, sound economic returns and strategic value, but the cost to maintain them limits IT's ability to support business growth.
What You Want
Organizations and key industry experts now recognize that IT groups must reduce the cost of owning and maintaining a multitude of technology systems in order to redeploy the funds to business-enabling IT projects. IT efficiency has become paramount: costs must be reduced and productivity must be increased. It is no longer acceptable to use most of the IT budget simply to support existing IT investments.
What You'll Get
Improving IT efficiency, however, is not a simple task. Infrastructure has become complex, while the user environment is now characterized by its dynamic nature. To support an organization's ability to compete, grow and prosper, IT must adopt a new, strategic approach to operations and improve efficiency to address immediate challenges and provide the flexibility to meet new challenges over time.
- Consolidate IT resources across the organization to reduce the complexity of IT infrastructure and allow IT to focus on more strategic projects.
- Optimize IT infrastructure to increase worker productivity, require fewer new machines, avoid the complexity that comes with server sprawl and minimize waste for a greener datacenter.
- Put more efficient and cost-effective IT processes in place to enable IT to build a network that grows without waste, integrate new technologies within minutes, respond effectively to user demands and maintain an environment that meets user computing needs.
Snyder Technologies will help you reduce your costs by utilizing all available resources to make your business more efficient than ever.
Your Workforce, On the Go
Over the past decade, the role of the mobile worker has changed dramatically, shifting from tactical to strategic, growing in number and expanding in scope. Workforce mobility has expanded beyond the traditional business traveler in a hotel or airport who is seeking remote access to the office. Today, all employee functions and roles can and are being mobilized for competitive advantage.
This game-changing shift toward workforce mobility means that mobility must become a fundamental IT ability. A new approach to an old challenge for the IT organization is required: resolving the conflict between providing a computing infrastructure that facilitates access to corporate assets, and maintaining a high degree of security. Industry experts recommend a solutions-based approach to address the many requirements of workforce mobility, from back-end technology and integration to a valuable user interface and role-based mobile worker experience.
- Deliver secure, on-demand access to desktops, applications and data for mobile workers on any device over any connection and from anywhere.
- Provide optimal performance for every type of mobile worker, across a broad range of user and business requirements, to increase productivity and satisfaction.
- Keep mobile workers connected at all times and maintaining a business-as-usual environment even during planned or unplanned datacenter outages.
By utilizing technologies such as Citrix virtualization, Snyder Technologies will enable your workers to achieve optimal productivity anywhere, any time, using any device.