Today, we can work from almost anywhere, as long we have the right devices and a stable internet connection. While the pandemic has reshaped the way most employees work today, the biggest concern most organisations have about their employees working remotely is security.
It’s no surprise that in Southeast Asia, some businesses were quick to get their employees working back in their office due to security concerns and other disruptions that may have slowed down their productivity. Yet, the pandemic is still a concern and we have seen some countries going back into lockdown or restricting movements again to control the spread of the pandemic.
As such, VMware is announcing VMware Anywhere Workspace, a holistic solution designed to enable the distributed workforce to work seamlessly and more securely anywhere to drive greater innovation and business outcomes in the new world of work.
VMware Anywhere Workspace empowers today’s anywhere workforce with a holistic approach combining innovative digital workspace, endpoint security and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) technologies, working harmoniously across any application, on any cloud, anywhere. This creates better experiences and more effective security with less cost and operational overhead.
VMware Anywhere Workspace sets the foundation and a vision for how to enable the future of work through three critical areas:
Manage your multi-modal employee experience anywhere so employees can work smarter and be more productive. It gives them access to a great user experience and consistent performance on any device, from any location, over any network. Plus, it improves the way in which IT can deliver services to users.
Secure the distributed edge with broader and more effective security. This lets any user access any app from any device. VMware’s zero-trust approach combines network security to the edge with endpoint security and management.
Automate the workspace so that IT is not only more simple, responsive, and efficient, but more modern too. This lets businesses focus on the outcomes they want instead of the tasks they need to do. All powered by intelligent management of workflows, compliance, and performance.
A holistic approach that powers the future of innovation in a distributed environment
VMware Anywhere Workspace brings together the benefits of three innovative solutions:
VMware Workspace ONE provides unified endpoint management, desktop and app virtualisation, and a variety of employee experience, productivity, and security-related solutions.
VMware Carbon Black brings cloud-native endpoint protection and workload protection.
VMware SASE will combine SD-WAN capabilities with cloud-delivered security functions, including cloud web security, zero-trust network access, and firewalling. These capabilities will be delivered as-a-service from a global network of Points of Presence (PoPs).
VMware Anywhere Workspace features integration points between the solutions, with more planned over time. For example:
Carbon Black Cloud and Workspace ONE integrate to bring physical and virtual endpoint management and security capabilities together.
Workspace ONE and SASE services (VMware SD-WAN, Work from Home networking, VMware Secure Access) integrate to deliver zero-trust network access (ZTNA) over globally deployed POPs.
Sanjay K. Deshmukh, Vice President and Managing Director, Southeast Asia and Korea, VMware highlighted that VMware Anywhere Workspace is not necessarily meant for businesses with employees working remotely only. The solution enables a consistent and secured employee experience no matter where they work from.
“Our customers are using this opportunity to truly transform the way employees work in the future and not go back to the pre-pandemic state. The hybrid workforce is the future and companies are understanding the importance of being prepared for any situation”, said Sanjay.
One such customer is AMTI, a technology solutions and systems provider based in the Philippines.
Josefino Paloma, Executive Vice President and General Manager for ICT Solutions and Geo-Expansions, said, “Our work-from-home program began two years ago to address the worsening traffic in metro Manila. COVID accelerated this initiative and Anywhere Workspace technologies enabled us to deliver a productive work environment for our employees. We will never go back to having everyone work from the office and Anywhere Workspace technologies will play a critical role in supporting a hybrid workforce”.