Let's talk about AKRF. This is a leading environmental, planning and engineering consulting firm with five offices across the eastern seaboard. You may have heard of them; they've worked on several high profile projects such as the USTA National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows, Yankee Stadium, Mt. Sinai Hospital, and many more.
The nature of the work at AKRF requires data-intensive CAD, GIS, and Office documents. This means that AKRF employees had to be in the office to use the software, or request a laptop that was pre-configured with the proper software. The time required and difficulties involved in working remotely caused most employees to simply work late at the office rather than attempt to work from the field.
AKRF installed a Barracuda SSL VPN to address this problem. The Barracuda SSL VPN portal, combined with RDP access to office workstations, has created a more flexible environment for AKRF employees. They no longer need to work late at the office, or come to the office on a holiday. The new configuration allows them to be productive from remote locations at any time.
The Barracuda SSL VPN also allowed AKRF to save money on software, by reducing the number licenses required for the staff. With secure remote desktop enabled, AKRF employees no longer need CAD and GIS software on their field laptops; they can simply log in to the office machines where the licensed software resides.
Finally, the Barracuda SSL VPN also enabled AKRF employees to continue working on client projects even after Hurricane Sandy flooded the New York office. The corporate headquarters was inaccessible for about a week, but AKRF continued operating the entire time. Click here to learn more about the AKRF experience with the Barracuda SSL VPN. (pdf)
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Christine Barry is chief blogger and social content manager at Barracuda. In this role, she helps bring Barracuda stories to life and facilitate communication between the public and Barracuda internal teams. Prior to joining Barracuda, Christine was a field engineer and project manager for K12 and SMB clients for over 15 years. She holds several technology credentials, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master in Business Administration. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.