How are you maintaining business continuity in this current time? High-availability infrastructure between on-premises and cloud can keep IT operations up and running — but what if people have been displaced from their usual workplace, or have lost access to their usual devices or systems? A complete and effective business continuity program has to encompass not only the data centre, but the workforce as well. If people can’t do their jobs, the business can’t function.

Organizations are increasingly using business mobility tools to enable people to work wherever it’s most convenient and effective. People who need to work onsite, such as business continuity team members, emergency response workers, critical service workers and others, can be housed in any available structure or mobile unit, without the need for special infrastructure or complex connectivity.

Connect to the network using any device

At Citrix, secure digital workspace technology lets people connect with apps and data in both routine operations and emergency situations, using any device, network or cloud. This makes it simple for people to do whatever their priorities dictate — whether to continue working normally, perform new tasks required by the event or focus on the needs of their families and themselves, then resume work as circumstances allow.

Instead of having to get PCs that meet certain specifications, configure them and provide access to the applications, Citrix allows organizations to shut down an office, move people to another location and get them back to work in the same familiar environment quickly. This allows for the exact same user experience. IT doesn’t have to worry about imaging dozens or hundreds of machines, then guide people through a long list of changed processes.

4 benefits of using Citrix for business continuity

1.Efficiency and cost savings. Making mobility and remote access core elements of business continuity planning lets you increase the value of these investments while eliminating many separate business continuity processes and costs.

2.A seamless experience for people. Because people access and use their resources the same way they always have, with the same secure digital workspace in any scenario, there is no need for alternate procedures to be learned or remembered.

3.Security and compliance. During a business continuity event, data and apps are delivered using the same infrastructure as routine operations, with the same inherent security. Windows applications remain under IT-controlled hybrid cloud infrastructure, where automation and centralized management enhance policy enforcement, regulatory compliance and antivirus protection.

Data delivered to mobile devices is secured and controlled through mobile device management (MDM), while applications are secured and controlled through mobile application management (MAM). End-to-end encryption provides an additional layer of protection as people access business apps and data over any network, from any location.

4.More practical, lower-risk execution. Organizations can invoke their business continuity plan with less disruption to users and the business. As a result, the organization is often more willing to take this measure proactively rather than taking its chances and hoping the disaster will pass without impacting the business.

Ensuring business continuity with Citrix technologies

With a secure digital workspace, Citrix helps organizations ensure continuity of operations during business disruptions. Citrix Workspace solutions enable IT to securely deliver all apps — Windows, web, SaaS and mobile — as well as data and services from any device, over any network or cloud. Citrix supports business continuity through comprehensive technologies that simplify security operations and reduce risk.

To learn more about Citrix’s business continuity solutions, visit CDW.ca/Citrix

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