An increasing number of enterprises are recognising the advantages of remote working. As well as the ability to cut costs, the trend encourages employees to be more productive.

However, as a growing amount of work is done away from the office, security and compliance issues are emerging, leading IT departments to feel they are losing control.

Users are accessing company information from multiple devices and locations; so how can enterprises manage this while enjoying the flexibility that remote working can bring?

Relinquishing control

The ideal tool exits within Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 8. It has similar features to a virtual private network (VPN), but DirectAccess connections are even more transparent. Whereas a VPN is typically initiated and closed manually, Windows automatically handles DirectAccess connections.

This enables the user to access resources on your intranet without manually initiating the connection. The automatic connection works in both directions and allows network administrators to remotely manage devices - whether they are connected through a router at a home location or hotel - without the need to reconfigure.

This also allows firms to publish security updates and Group Policy settings to the remote devices so they are compliant with current configuration baselines and security policies.


Windows 8

When used with Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 makes DirectAccess easier to deploy and implement with the existing IPv4 infrastructure. Among its improvements, the feature now supports multiple sites and comes with a Network Connectivity Assistant, to provide users with information about DirectAccess status and troubleshooting assistance.

By applying DirectAccess on faster and more streamlined Windows 8 devices made by Dell, enterprises can truly feel the benefits of remote working. Employees remain complaint, while efficient and productive, cutting significant costs for your business.