Note: This article is the second in a series of three.
To say the least, 2020 was an interesting year. With businesses adjusting to the new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic, technology priorities have shifted dramatically as the way we work has changed. Over the past year, the number of users working from home went from 20% to 71% according to the Pew Research Center. Customers are looking for more fluid workspaces away from set offices.
This sudden shift has caused rapid adoption of cloud-based virtual desktop solutions, especially the adoption of Windows Virtual Desktop. Microsoft’s Azure-based VDI has had a massive increase in adoption over the past year. It allows companies to work flexibly in a world where hybrid workspaces are becoming the norm.
However, as employees’ workplaces become fluid, how does the modern IT department support a workforce with changing networking and security needs within a hybrid network? Barracuda has created a set of solutions that help support the modern workplace whether it is a flexible SD-WAN solution for offices, Zero Touch Networking Access for remote workers, or securing and managing your on-premises and cloud environment with Barracuda CloudGen Firewall.
Ways Barracuda can help
Just as Windows Virtual Desktop eliminates the need for a large monolithic onsite data center to support an enterprise VDI environment, Barracuda CloudGen WAN allows customers to get away from large monolithic MPLS networks. No longer are enterprises locked into long contracts as well as long implementation times that last over a quarter. With Barracuda CloudGen WAN, customers can connect sites securely with zero-touch provisioning. Businesses looking to consolidate their office space while adjusting to a hybrid workforce can get a lot of value out of the flexibility the solution affords. With the added reliability of Virtual WAN using Microsoft’s backbone, you can see performance and latency improvement through Barracuda CloudGen WAN.
For the workers that are staying home, making sure the expanded perimeter is security is crucial. One reason for the adoption of Windows Virtual Desktop is the integration with Microsoft’s role-based access control. Beyond spreading the network perimeter and trying to contain the environment through VPN, Zero Trust Network Access is how companies are securing their hybrid workloads. Barracuda CloudGen Access provides IT teams with granular control and visibility of those workloads.
In the end, you can use Barracuda and Microsoft to enable and secure your hybrid workforce. Not only do the Barracuda CloudGen solutions allow companies to manage their hybrid workforce dynamically working with Microsoft, but Barracuda also can be used to help secure companies using Microsoft 365 to enable the modern workplace. Barracuda Sentinel can help IT departments avoid ransomware attacks through phishing campaigns, and Barracuda CloudGen Firewall and Web Application Firewall can help defend cloud and hybrid workloads from exterior threats. In the end, the right product is not only the product that gives protection but also the product that is flexible enough to give your workers’ choices and allows your company to be flexible as your workforce moves beyond just an office.