VMworld 2020: 4 Takeaways from This Year’s Event

Table of Contents1 3. Partnerships Can Ease the Burden in Times of Crisis2 4. Remote Work Must Be Secured for Business Continuity 3. Partnerships Can Ease the Burden in Times of Crisis With so many procedures changing, IT departments have a lot to keep straight on their own. That’s where […]

3. Partnerships Can Ease the Burden in Times of Crisis

With so many procedures changing, IT departments have a lot to keep straight on their own. That’s where partnering up with an outside resource can be invaluable. 

Todd King, a VMware software-defined data center architect at CDW, said his company was able to help its customers immensely during the initial transition to remote work.

“In the beginning with COVID, we were dealing more with just enabling workers to work from home and enabling those IT staffs to be able to support all that,” King said. “Now, as we start to settle into this work-from-home idea, we’re actually starting to help customers understand security for working from home, understand data center infrastructure, and expanding on demand to address all these dynamic workforces and the needs of the business.”

Tom Cahill, vice president for product and partner management at CDW, said those partnerships can also help bolster operations in the future of work.

“Whether it’s stabilizing the business, whether it’s ensuring that the utility of IT is up and running, we build resilience,” Cahill said. “We future-proof and help their infrastructure so it’s durable and is there for the long haul, especially as we think about this new normal.”

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4. Remote Work Must Be Secured for Business Continuity

Once businesses moved out of the remote work transition phase, their attention fully turned to security. Harsha Nagaraju, senior product marketing manager at VMware, said it all boils down to three buckets of protection: prevention, visibility, and detection and response.

“This tight integration, we believe, is completely going to change the game in the way you manage and secure your endpoints,” he said.

Now that so many endpoints are connecting to the network, controlling access is key.

“The enterprises need to put solutions in place to ensure that the person is legit, that the username and password that you’re seeing is accurate,” Nagaraju said. “You need to have technologies around multifactor authentication. You need to look into their behavior anomalies and then allow or restrict access.”

Long-term remote work has presented its fair share of challenges to businesses. But with the right priorities, partnerships and security measures, organizations can build resilience in the future of work.

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