RETURN TO THE OFFICE: REASSESS, REFINE, REIMAGINE

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PERFORMANCE AND RELIABILITY

Performance and reliability depend on infrastructure, which is an area that was undergoing a steady transformation prior to the pandemic: more workloads were being transitioned to the cloud and there was an increase in multi-cloud as an approach.

While COVID-19 put many transformative style projects on hold in an attempt to manage cost, support remote working and ensure resiliency, a return to the office now presents an opportunity to refocus. It’s time to take stock, establish what is and isn’t working, and set an optimal path for the future.

FOCUS ON...

VIRTUAL DESKTOPS

Many organisations quickly deployed Virtual Desktop solutions to enable IT services on thin client devices, Chromebooks, or devices available in employees’ homes. Consequently, there’s an underlying infrastructure to consider and assess.


TAKE ACTION

If your Virtual Desktop solution was deployed as a temporary measure, it needs to be assessed as to whether it is fit for purpose if you intend on keeping it. This may mean thinking about greater investment in the management layers provided by organisations such as Citrix or VMware, but also the hardware layer if it is delivered via your own datacentre.

THE WAY YOU CONSUME CLOUD SERVICES

An increase in public cloud usage was a way of creating more effective access to workloads for a dispersed workforce. In addition, SaaS services have increased at a pace. However, this may not have been adopted in a way that’s optimised and future-proof.


TAKE ACTION

Review your licensing arrangements and the way you buy cloud services; robust solutions exist to help you understand what you are already paying for, and flexible OPEX models have been proven to help with cashflow. Assessing your security posture with the knowledge that services were put in place quickly to address a specific need will help you identify any potential areas of weakness.

YOUR DATA

There are two certainties to data: it grows (and has done considerably since the outbreak of COVID-19); and it has gravity. As people change the way they work again, this may change how they work with data, so understanding what data you have, what’s important and where it is continues to be a demand.


TAKE ACTION

Assessing your data and establishing the scale and location of both structured and unstructured data enables you to make choices about what to keep, where to keep it and what to remove. There are services available to help you do this, which then informs your back up and restoration strategy.

WHERE YOUR DATACENTRE IS LOCATED

The physical restrictions of the pandemic made the day-to-day management of on-premises infrastructure difficult. As you consider consolidating your physical infrastructure, it is important to work out where to locate your datacentre and how to manage and maintain in it.


TAKE ACTION

Co-locating your datacentre is an option to explore because many of the key aspects of management then become the responsibility of the co-location organisation. This reduces risk if you are unable to access your datacentre in the future, and will free up the time consumed by more operational tasks, allowing you to focus on adding strategic value to the business.

VIRTUAL DESKTOPS

Many organisations quickly deployed Virtual Desktop solutions to enable IT services on thin client devices, Chromebooks, or devices available in employees’ homes. Consequently, there’s an underlying infrastructure to consider and assess.


TAKE ACTION

If your Virtual Desktop solution was deployed as a temporary measure, it needs to be assessed as to whether it is fit for purpose if you intend on keeping it. This may mean thinking about greater investment in the management layers provided by organisations such as Citrix or VMware, but also the hardware layer if it is delivered via your own datacentre.

THE WAY YOU CONSUME CLOUD SERVICES

An increase in public cloud usage was a way of creating more effective access to workloads for a dispersed workforce. In addition, SaaS services have increased at a pace. However, this may not have been adopted in a way that’s optimised and future-proof.


TAKE ACTION

Review your licensing arrangements and the way you buy cloud services; robust solutions exist to help you understand what you are already paying for, and flexible OPEX models have been proven to help with cashflow. Assessing your security posture with the knowledge that services were put in place quickly to address a specific need will help you identify any potential areas of weakness.

YOUR DATA

There are two certainties to data: it grows (and has done considerably since the outbreak of COVID-19); and it has gravity. As people change the way they work again, this may change how they work with data, so understanding what data you have, what’s important and where it is continues to be a demand.


TAKE ACTION

Assessing your data and establishing the scale and location of both structured and unstructured data enables you to make choices about what to keep, where to keep it and what to remove. There are services available to help you do this, which then informs your back up and restoration strategy.

WHERE YOUR DATACENTRE IS LOCATED

The physical restrictions of the pandemic made the day-to-day management of on-premises infrastructure difficult. As you consider consolidating your physical infrastructure, it is important to work out where to locate your datacentre and how to manage and maintain in it.


TAKE ACTION

Co-locating your datacentre is an option to explore because many of the key aspects of management then become the responsibility of the co-location organisation. This reduces risk if you are unable to access your datacentre in the future, and will free up the time consumed by more operational tasks, allowing you to focus on adding strategic value to the business.

CONSIDER INVESTING IN...

VDI management tools

Core platforms such as Citrix Apps and Desktop, VMware Horizon and Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) enable easy management of virtual desktop solutions.

Health checks

Assessment services designed to understand your existing infrastructure give you the information you need to make the right choices moving forward.

Data management

Data management and backup services via single software platforms provide the assurance and compliance you need, while reducing your time to manage.

Datacentre hosting

Co-locating your own datacentre capability will reduce your infrastructure costs and management time, while out-tasking key responsibilities.

ASK US TO HELP YOU OPTIMISE YOUR HYBRID INFRASTRUCTURE WITH OUR…

Azure and AWS Services

Get into a cloud environment fast with cloud and WVD accelerators; and make the right decisions with health checks and readiness services. Find out more about Azure Adoption Accelerator Service Find out more about Well Architected Assessment Service

Cloud Intelligence Service

Gain the visibility and reporting required to actively manage your cloud infrastructure.

Find out more about Cloud Intelligence Service

Virtual Desktop Services and Workshops

Gain the support you need to quickly get a virtual desktop solution up and running. Find out more about WVD Accelerator Service

Contact your Softcat Account Manager

Hybrid Infrastructure Advisory Services

Leverage the expertise of Softcat’s specialists and Chief Technology Officers to address your organisation’s individual needs. Contact your Softcat Account Manager

Data Assessment Service

Determine what data is valuable to your organisation, what can be stored more deeply, and find out how to use your data to its full potential. Find out more about Data Assessment Service

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