Rapid Shift To Cloud-Based Technologies
High-performance VPN and endpoint security tools spanning both corporate and personal devices allowed businesses to access corporate and internal resources from anywhere during the coronavirus pandemic, while older computers, poor throughput firewalls and unscalable two-factor authentication were really put to the test, said Brian Babineau, senior vice president and general manager for Barracuda MSP.
Embracing the cloud really helped with business continuity during the worst of COVID-19, with businesses frequently turning to Zoom, Box and Dropbox and accelerating Microsoft Exchange to Office 365 migration projects, he said. Most of the older technology was designed to be run inside a building, and only works fast if the firewall and applications are running in close proximity and connected via a wire.
The performance of technology is really magnified when no one is sitting next to the tool in question, and Babineau said newer technologies are designed to serve customers better in the remote world. Many organizations previously only had a few remote workers with VPN access to corporate resources, and Babineau said the rapid shift to remote work has been a recipe for downtime and help desk calls.