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May 1, 2020

Industry News: April 27-May 1 – VDI Accelerates a Remote Workforce, Cloud Computing in the Age of a Pandemic and an Evolving Threat Landscape

Ann Carpenter

Every week we highlight cloud computing and technology news of interest. This week we’re covering the work from home shift and the benefits of virtual desktop infrastructure, where companies would be without cloud computing, how Microsoft is handling a surge in users, Amazon’s new tool for developers, how COVID-19 is impacting the threat landscape, and how you can help Navisite give back.

Let’s get started…

Telecommuting trends have been on the rise in recent years as companies look for relatively simple, yet cost effective ways to expand their remote workforce. But for some, that transition can be a daunting one. In his Network Computing article, Navisite’s own Chris Patterson explains why that doesn’t have to be the case thanks to cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Read more here.

While the current pandemic has pushed many businesses to their limits, they have been able to carry on due largely in part to recent investments in cloud computing. ZDNet takes a look at what might have happened if that cloud infrastructure hadn’t already been in place. Check out their story here.

Many Microsoft offerings, including Teams, are seeing unprecedented surges in usage. CIO Dive explains that when stay-at-home orders went into effect across the country, Microsoft saw a 775% increase in their cloud services. To read more about what they are doing to make sure systems continue to run smoothly, click here.

AWS Insider is diving into one of Amazon’s latest offerings, automating data transfers from software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications to the AWS cloud. Learn more about Amazon AppFlow and its time saving advantages here.

Threat actors have been taking advantage of the COVID-19 outbreak since the beginning. Attackers are targeting vulnerable entities, including hospitals and schools, which have had to make major adjustments in a short amount of time. So how will this impact the threat landscape going forward? Find out what Security Boulevard has to say here.

The current pandemic has been difficult for millions of Americans, especially those fighting the virus on the frontlines. That’s why last week, Navisite hosted a virtual concert benefitting Off Their Plate, an organization supporting restaurant and healthcare workers, which you can read about here. Thanks to the generosity of so many, thousands of dollars have already been raised to help support these everyday heroes. And there’s still time to donate. It you would like to help, please visit the donation page here.

About Ann Carpenter

Ann is the head of demand generation and blogger at Navisite with more than 10 years of experience working, writing and developing content for technology companies while living in the U.S. and in countries around the world. She currently lives in Atlanta, Ga., with her husband and newborn son.