Working from home for professionals whose work needs powerful workstations is a challenge. The options are: (1) use an underpowered laptop which will slow down the work, or (2) carry large desktop workstations home. Neither option is particularly appealing because it really limits mobility for employees and employers.
This weakness in operations has been particularly exposed since the COVID-19 lockdown. That said, how do professionals who require advanced graphics and design tools and CAD/CAM capabilities access their software and dedicated hardware that is left behind at the office?
Remotely Accessing Software and Powerful Hardware
At NUMENTIS we have helped businesses with advanced work from home solutions – those that allow users to remotely access their software from home and while travelling. Before we get into how we achieve this, here are a few advantages.
- Pay for only one software license
- No need to duplicate expensive hardware
- Anytime, anywhere connectivity and availability
- Mobile machines do not require high performance components
All of these add up to significant cost-savings. Licenses for specialized industry software can run into hundreds or thousands of dollars per user.
There are numerous applications that let users access office workstations remotely. A few of these are:
- Microsoft Remote Desktop
- HP ZCentral Remote Boost
Each has its advantages and disadvantages, so it is best to speak with a reputed provider of IT solutions in Toronto. Our team helps businesses find the best remote access software for their operations.
As one of the few full-service IT consulting companies in Toronto, we offer complete solutions and round-the-clock support.
Secure Remote Access with Managed IT Services in Toronto
Simply connecting a mobile device with an office workstation through an unsecured network is not advisable. Malware can be transferred between the machines; hackers can gain control of the office network; and there have been cases of criminals piggybacking on connections and stealing financial information. There are a few systems that must be in place before enabling remote access.
- Virtual Private Network (VPN)
- Two-factor authentication
- Device management policies
- Host and terminal firewalls
- Regular malware scans
- Monitored network activity
Cloud Computing – Graphical Processing Power in the Cloud
For many business owners ‘cloud computing’ means email and file storage. In fact, cloud computing can completely replace physical infrastructure. Instead of having an on-site server or workstation with dedicated graphic processing units (GPUs), businesses can opt for cloud computing services such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Google Cloud.
Businesses can offload graphic and CPU intensive workloads to offsite servers. This means businesses pay only for the capacity they use, and the service is easily scalable. Since the heavy computing is performed in the cloud, the user only requires a device to provide a gateway to the platform.
Managed IT services in Toronto
NUMENTIS has helped businesses that run resource-intensive workloads migrate their operations to the cloud and maintain productivity even as their employees work from home during the COVID-19 lockdown. We are one of the most innovative IT consulting companies in Toronto, finding a lightweight and cost-effective solutions for clients. Schedule a consultation with a representative to discuss your needs.