Remote Working: The Technical Changes
21 September 2021
Remote working infrastructure is a phrase that was seldom heard just a few years ago. But working practices have changed, and work-life balance has very much become a focus. More recently, other factors have intervened to speed up this process. In this article we’ll look at the increase in remote workers, and what it means in terms of technology.
The rise of remote working
For many years remote working has been on the increase, driven by a number of factors. Developing technology has clearly made the route easier, and cloud computing has played a significant part in that. Businesses, too, have benefited from the reduced costs of running smaller bricks-and-mortar premises.
More recently, lockdown due to Covid has resulted in a huge acceleration of this process. Remote working infrastructure has become an essential element of this change, along with improved cloud infrastructure. We’ve now reached a point where executives are far more likely to meet on Microsoft Teams than in the boardroom.
As more and more companies begin to appreciate the benefits of remote workers this rapid change is set to continue.
What do you need to work remotely?
To allow teams to work from home, an organisation will need to implement remote working infrastructure. This will largely consist of the right hardware and software to make remote working efficient and viable.
The software will allow employees to access their work folders and systems from any location. This could include telepresence and video conferencing software, as well as time management and security applications. Companies may need to provide the appropriate hardware to run these systems. But compared to the rental and maintenance costs of operating large premises, most businesses will see expenditure reduced.
The benefits of cloud computing
The ongoing development of cloud infrastructure has made working remotely simple and efficient. It essentially means that all work-related data can be stored on remote servers and accessed whenever you need it. Access is fast and reliable, and tight security is an inbuilt feature of cloud computing services.
It also means that less memory is generally required in the hardware used for remote working. This could mean additional cost savings, since less powerful computing equipment is typically cheaper.
The advantages of refurbished IT equipment
There’s no doubt that many organisations have already reaped the rewards of cloud infrastructure and remote working. But there are still those who are deterred by the cost of equipping their employees with the right hardware.
However, the equipment needed to set up a remote working infrastructure doesn’t need to be fresh from the manufacturer. Most of us are happy to purchase a used car, as long as it’s in good working order. IT hardware is moving in the same direction, with the market for refurbished equipment growing by the day.
Here at Equipment HQ we provide bespoke networking solutions for our clients, backed up by over 40 years combined experience. We supply high quality equipment restored and refurbished by our in-house engineers. Contact us today to find out how we can help.