Since the onset of the COVID pandemic in 2020, the number of people working remotely and companies running their business online has skyrocketed to an unprecedented number. This trend, which has been on a slow rise for the past decade, has been given a pandemic turbo boost, as quarantines and office closures brought 88% of all businesses to require a remote work structure. This is certainly not a bad thing from many angles. In fact, now that we are four months past the infamous 2020, 80% of executives are planning to continue allowing remote work, and 96% of employees are happy to extend this arrangement. Working remotely has many bonuses and allows for new and refreshing flexibilities to both companies and workers. It’s time for the network of the future.
Even with all its benefits, remote work does produce some new challenges which businesses and remote employees must face and resolve quickly in order for productivity to return or to surpass pre-pandemic levels. One of the most pressing issues is the problems with network connectivity.
In surveys of remote workers, speed, security, and network reliability were some of the greatest deterrents to getting the job done. In fact, 94% of professionals report facing these and other challenges while working remotely. Thirty-five percent report being unable to complete their work due to slow or unreliable networks and another 43% state that they had to resort to using phones or hotspots at the height of the COVID quarantines. In-home data usage also got the COVID turbo boost and jumped by 38% in 2020. This means that real-time services like Zoom calls and VoIP were sometimes affected by bogged down home networks connections.
Another, perhaps more prioritized, issue facing remote workers and their companies is that of cyber security. Network security measures set in place at company headquarters are generally unlikely to extend to a home office or other remote location. Since the beginning of 2020, 60% of businesses report a spike in cyber attacks.
Thankfully, IT departments don’t have to reinvent the wheel to find solutions to these and other connectivity issues. By switching over to a cloud-managed SASE model, such as the one provided by Ananda Networks, companies can beef up security to zero-trust, improve network performance by up to 25x, and significantly reduce administrative costs; and this can all be done with a private network that takes only minutes to create with no hardware required.
In this “new normal” of digital business functionality, it’s time for the network of the future to get up to speed to and surpass the challenges:
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