Hosted or Cloud Powered Workplace
In this deployment model, the elements of your digital workplace will remain converged over a central point called a data center. Depending on each individual scenario, this data center may be set up in house on the organization’s premise or sourced from third party Cloud Service Providers (CSP).
Both the above models have their pros and cons. If you deploy the virtualization architecture on premise, a large capital investment will be required to set up the data center and other support hardware. This elaborate hardware will also require constant maintenance and upgrading to extract optimal performance.
If the architecture for your digital workplace is sourced from a CSP, it will save the organization both capital and administrative costs as all the hardware will be the responsibility of the CSP. In exchange, the organization will pay a variable usage fee to the CSP based on the utilization of IT resources.
How Will a Virtualized Digital Workplace Work?
Regardless of whether you go for on premise or CSP sourced deployment model, your digital workplace will be converged at a central data center. End users or employees will securely log into the work environment through one of many supported device platforms and execute work thereon.
This model in independent of the concept of time and space. Your employees will be able to access the digital workplace via smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop using either the internet or a secure intranet. This removes the need for physically showing up at the workplace.
A virtualized digital workplace will open new avenues for productivity on the go that is also secure. From a security standpoint, it is much more feasible to secure a central data repository as compared to countless end point devices. Any changes, patches or updates will also have to be performed over a centralized location.
Workplace digitization will soon become a necessity for organizations rather than a choice, especially if they want to remain competitive in this technology driven environment. The choice of deployment model will vary with the unique preferences and circumstances of each individual entity.