This is where a branch-of-one architecture can help you re-engineer and redesign your network for business resilience.
As you think about permanent home office architecture be mindful of:
Enhanced connectivity: The goal is to give all employees —on-site and remote — an excellent and uniform user experience via satisfactory broadband connections. Organizations can do this by subsidizing connectivity for remote workers or by considering plans that take advantage of cellular connections. If that’s the case, a company should think about taking an office-in-a–box approach to standardize branch environments, which makes the process easier for IT to manage.1
Office in a box: This simple, but powerful box concept gives each branch-of-one all the equipment needed for connectivity and security, including wi-fi access, routers, and gateways.1
Integrated security: The big concern with remote work — whether it’s over a home network or via a public network in a coffee shop — is a safe broadband connection. While still in use, VPNs and other standard security measures can’t compare with solutions for permanent hybrid workers, such SD-WAN, single-sign-on (SSO), reverse proxy with additional benefits of remote browser isolation (RBI), and SASE.1
Collaboration tools: With no provision for desk phones and boardroom collaboration tools, the branch-of-one architecture needs to support unified communication and collaboration (UC&C) tools. UC&C has become an integral part of business, thanks to services such as instant messaging, online “presence” status, VoIP, audio, video conferencing, and mobility features, such as single-number reach. What’s more, with the increase in home offices, it’s crucial to be able to play videos, which likely requires enhanced bandwidth.
Cloud-based management: Imagine the IT team’s satisfaction when they can deploy application and security procedures to multiple remote employees from one platform at one time.1
User-experience monitoring: Nothing makes remote workers crankier than a substandard user and network experience. Understanding these incidents is crucial to remote-worker productivity and job satisfaction.1
During the ongoing pandemic, organizations must acknowledge the importance of treating connectivity as a strategic element in maintaining, sustaining, and growing their business operations, as well as improving business resiliency. Black Box can help you transform your network into a more secure, agile, flexible, and cost-effective system by taking charge of network integration, connectivity, testing, and validation.
“Since the start of the pandemic, Black Box has been providing companies with creative ideas to make their work-from-home solutions safe and effective,” notes Randi Roger, New Product Manager for Networking. “For example, we helped a top-five healthcare network design, procure, and implement a secure hardware purchase for every remote employee, including HIPAA-compliant data transfer from home.”
Charlie Martin, Black Box’s VP of Solution Delivery, Strategic Accounts, adds, “Not only can Black Box provide the highest quality implementation services at your primary sites, but also scale to implement our solutions at our customers’ locations, large and small, around the globe.”
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1. IDC. (2021). Branch of one: Evolution of the enterprise network edge for remote workers. IDC. https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=US47476821.