Authored by: Avinash Gowda, Malaysia Country Manager, Nutanix
Business continuity and resiliency, once an afterthought, is now a priority for many companies across ASEAN. The unprecedented disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic has left many business leaders struggling to keep employees efficient and productive while working away from the office.
The pivotal role of technology and how it helps keep the world’s economic engine running has now been pushed into the spotlight. What lies ahead is a new business reality, one in which technology – especially software and the cloud – dominate.
Over the past few turbulent months, a range of software, solutions and applications have enabled foresighted businesses to continue operating. Most notably, public, private and hybrid cloud services and software-defined infrastructure have made critical data available to workers without the need for physical access to tech facilities or datacenters.
Cloud has driven the emergence of new technologies that can better support a truly mobile workforce. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Desktop as a Service (Daas) are some great examples of how technology is keeping ASEAN’s businesses running.
The Rise of the Intelligent Enterprise
VDI is a cloud-hosted desktop normally located in an on-premise datacenter that is operated and maintained by in-house IT personnel. DaaS, its counterpart, is a fully outsourced public cloud solution providing the virtual desktop.
Although DaaS is completely managed externally and does not consume any internal hardware, it provides the same flexibility, safety and security as VDI.
VDI and DaaS have grown to embody the intelligent enterprise that will flourish in today’s complex business landscape. These technologies are critical for business continuity and resiliency. They also offer benefits that are relevant to businesses even in less volatile times:
Efficiency: As a centralized resource, they are single systems that can be troubleshot with a single upgrade or patch. They also consume less bandwidth, which reduces HVAC and other energy costs.
Flexibility: They permit users to access their workstations and company data from anywhere on any device and provide administrators abundant policy controls to restrict access and ensure compliance. VDI and DaaS also provide remote IT, which allows production line features and other automated machinery to be altered, changed, or upgraded without the need to physically operate the machinery from the factory floor.
Security: With a single server, data is more secure, and easier to protect and upgrade. This ensures the latest security patches are installed system wide in a matter of minutes. Policy control is also extensive – ensuring network integrity.
Together, VDI and DaaS models provide businesses with simple accessible options, allowing their workers to remain efficient and productive despite being away from the workstations in the office. As ‘Work from Anywhere’ rapidly transforms into ‘Work from Everywhere’, both models look set to become central pillars of Malaysia’s business landscape.
According to Gartner, businesses that thrive as they emerge from downturns actively leverage technology to navigate and adapt to the fallout and fast moving scenarios.
This is something I strongly believe. The sooner we all embrace the modern tools required to keep us mobile and productive and our economies growing in disruptive times, the sooner we will cement the region’s pivotal role in the global economy.