2020 and 2021 were two years in which, due to the pandemic, many companies worldwide implemented and adapted remote working systems. After verifying the multiple advantages of the digital workplace, 2022 has been the year in which it has been perfected. Hybrid work has become the norm in organizations regardless of their size and sector of activity.
Digital workplace trends for 2023.
The experts from Virtual Cable, a company that develops software solutions for desktop, application virtualization, and remote access to devices, have identified the trends that, in their opinion, will prevail in the digital workplace in the coming months:
Consolidation of hybrid work.
In these turbulent times, guaranteeing business continuity safely and sustainably has become a critical requirement, so it is undeniable that the workplace cannot be tied to a physical space. Companies have to offer their employees total flexibility to access their work tools at any time, place, and device. In addition, remote working has become one of the most relevant factors when choosing a job and retaining talent. There are many sectors where workers demand this benefit and avoid organizations that do not promote it. For all this, 2023 is expected to be the year that marks the consolidation of hybrid work in our society. This concept will eventually be separated from the coronavirus pandemic.
Rise of desktop virtualization.
There are many ways that the company has to provide remote working to its employees. Among the best known, we find VPNs and VDI or desktop virtualization. Recently, VDI has proven to be the most complete, secure, sustainable, and adaptable system. As a result, more and more organizations are choosing this option. From Virtual Cable, they predict that this trend will continue in 2023, consolidating VDI as the most used alternative and complemented by DaaS, which provides all the advantages of VDI in a pay-per-use model and as a managed service.
Increase in attacks on the workplace.
As has been the case in recent years, it is foreseen that in 2023 cybercriminals will increase the number of attacks and sophisticate their techniques. In this proliferation of cyberattacks, it is assumed that those directed at the employee will thrive. Among them are practices such as phishing, the use of artificial intelligence (AI), and technologies such as Deep Fake and methodologies that use the home networks of workers. This point is related to the previous one since VDI is a secure way of working remotely since the employee executes his tasks and programs in a virtualized and isolated machine instead of a physical device. To ensure security, the choice of desktop virtualization solution is crucial. The best decision is to opt for those that comply with the highest security standards.
Bet on flexible VDI solutions.
Each organization has specific characteristics and needs; within them, each employee profile can be heterogeneous. For this reason, from Virtual Cable, it is expected that, within the VDI alternatives, companies will take more into account those that offer greater flexibility, adaptability, and scalability, allowing personalized options for each group of users. In addition, the use of open source-based solutions will grow. Those like UDS Enterprise make it possible to combine virtual desktops and applications from different operating systems and are compatible with any technology. Today, it is vital that they can be deployed on-premise, in a private, public, hybrid, or multi-cloud, and that they enable the option of executing an automatic overflow to the cloud, scheduling the switching on and off of the machines to save costs.
A more sustainable digital workplace.
Every year the commitment to sustainability shown by organizations is more outstanding. VDI helps companies consume less energy, thanks to the transfer of computing power to the new virtualization platform and the use of devices such as mini PC or thin clients, which consume much less than traditional equipment. Projects such as the one at UPM, led by Virtual Cable with the collaboration of NetApp, Lenovo, and Lanmedia, which obtained the Madrid Network Award in the “Business Sustainability” category, are a clear example of the advantages of VDI in terms of energy savings and reduction of the carbon footprint. Everything indicates that in 2023 these kinds of projects will increase.
In short, from Virtual Cable, 2023 will be an excellent year for hybrid work, in which the necessary solutions for its execution will continue to be enhanced. “Desktop virtualization is essential to respond to the needs of the new work reality. But once the suitability of this technology is confirmed and consolidated, software manufacturers must go a step further and provide VDI solutions that solve the present challenges and anticipate future ones,” declared Félix Casado, CEO of Virtual Cable. “With UDS Enterprise, we have created a range of solutions that allow adopting a flexible, secure, sustainable, and intelligent workplace virtualization strategy. One that adjusts to each organization’s specific needs, maximizing investment and being affordable for all budgets.