Future proofing your remote access solution in 2022

A solid remote access solution is a fundamental business need that too often falls to the bottom of the IT-priorities stack. The result can be a remote access solution that isn’t optimized for user experience or doesn’t allow seamless growth and change. Given that the future of work is hybrid, there is no better time than now to bump remote access up your priorites list, and look for ways to future proof your solution.

1. Make the best use of your current infrastructure

While part of future proofing your infrastructure is learning to let go of older solutions, we recognize that most businesses don’t have the luxury of doing a complete overhaul. So, how do you squeeze the most juice out of your current infrastructure, such as on-premises datacenters, and even dated technology, like legacy applications?

Many of our customers have incorporated the cloud, but plenty are still running traditional data centers on-site. Employing Leostream to broker remote desktop connections can seamlessly extend the functionality of your on-prem datacenters and provide centralized access to hosted resources no matter where users are based. Doing so allows you to continue to maximize current infrastructure investments while supporting remote and hybrid workers.

The Leostream Platform is uniquely customizable and can help you bridge the gap from on-premises to cloud (or hybrid!) when you’re ready.

Hosting legacy applications is another topic that frequently comes up when trying to prolong the life of your current solution.

By using Leostream, you can host your legacy applications in the virtual environment of your choice and manage your VMs and end-user access. Leostream does all the heavy lifting by handling desktop assignments, power plans, protocols, security, and more.

2. Ensure your remote access workflows can accelerate growth

When it comes to providing remote access, you certainly don’t want technology to slow down your organization. Finding products that scale is especially important for companies poised for growth and for larger companies with high volumes of remote connections. Having worked with enterprises around the world, we are in-tune with the needs of large-scale remote access deployments. What we can tell you is that several features are becoming increasingly important, including monitoring and automation.

Having oversight into who is logging into the remote access environment is an absolute must. For a variety of reasons— one of them being security— your organization may require robust monitoring tools that can track user activity at a high level while also allowing you to drill into specific user assignments. Having effective monitoring along with auditing capabilities is often paramount to securely scaling environments.

Small organizations with just a few users may be fine with manual tracking and IT tasks. But as your user base grows or for companies with an already established user base, being able to automate the remote access solution becomes more and more critical. Leostream offers countless methods for customizing workflows around connecting and authenticating users into their remote desktops and also provides a dashboard to monitor user activity.

3. Balance accessibility and security with Zero Trust

Managing access levels for your remote users is essential to securing corporate resources, but it’s also important to make remote logins easy for users. Striking a balance between security and simplicity will continue to be a top priority and challenge given cyber security threats. Our recommendation is eliminating VPNs as much as possible and employing remote access solutions like Leostream that support Zero Trust.

Zero Trust is a security concept that centralizes around the notion that all users should be authenticated before they access a resource, whether they are doing so from inside the network or remotely. The goal it to know exactly who is logging into your network and resources at any given time. As you design your remote access plan with the future in mind, engage in technologies that can monitor who is using what resource, from where, and for how long so that you can identify potential threats. Implementing multi-factor authentication and access control policies are other helpful measures.

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