The 4th DR Scenario - Pandemic related Work from Home Solutions

Like it not, there is a pandemic and as we write this, New Zealand has it's 5th case of Corana Virus, or as it is technically known as COVID-19, {Edit: We are now on Level 4 Lockdown and the number of cases will rise before it flattens out, so the best thing we can all do is follow the request to stay in lockdown to stop the spread} and since the first case we've seen panic buying, empty shelves and people are preparing to bunker down as self-isolation is the safest place to be, which means a total work-from-home-solution is required to handle the 4th DR Scenario.

So where does leave us from a business perspective? Normally we'd kick up our Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Plan, however, most have not planned for such a situation we face now, and potentially we are looking at solutions. 

 The traditional 3 DR scenarios 

  1. Loss of Data centre A
  2. Loss of Data Centre B
  3. Loss of office

These options all revolve around 10% of the workforce enabled for remote access; critical staff to keep critical services going while systems are bought back up. However, if a city gets shut down then it's not a matter of getting  your system back up, it's a long time before your staff can get back to physical their desktop-computer...

Is your work-from-home-solution scalable? 

30,000+ agree with Chris Herd, "Companies who Adopt Remote Work will Replace Every Company who Doesn't"

We're not just talking about email, we're talking about the all applications which operate from a desktop for a user, may have backends in SaaS, on-prem, and public cloud, hence not all apps are accessible through a browser, you need a full remote access solution.

We have delivered scalable Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop  for two organisation to fix this pre lockdown, we can do it over online if you still require and want it.

There are a range of DaaS options, pending your current IT; one or another will be best fit and best cost-benefit:

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

e.g. Palo Alto, Check Point, Cisco, DirectAccess etc.

  • Pros: May be Existing
  • Cons: Clunky to install and use
  • Cons: User needs a corporate laptop for this to be effective

2. DaaS (Desktop as a Service)

e.g. Azure WVD, AWS Workspaces, VMware Horizon etc

  • Pros: Quick to build
  • Pros: Subscription pricing (no capex costs)
  • Pros: May integrate with Corporate IAM
  • Cons: Public offerings are hosted in AU so latency is higher and some apps may not work well

3.  VDI

e.g. Citrix, Windows RDS

  • Pros: Can be hosted on corporate servers
  • Pros: Low latency, high performance
  • Pros: Supports Corporate IAM
  • Cons: Requires design & build time, and cost
  • Cons: May required capex for additional hardware

    Figure 8 have a deep background in Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning spanning 20 years, International Banking and every industry and almost every situation and scenario, of course we're always questioning for what we have yet to experience, to ensure you are best prepared - here are our traditional DR-BCP Services
    If you would like to discuss what is the best solution for your business based on your current situation, these please get in touch below.

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