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We’re all coping with new challenges in light of COVID-19. Companies are working quickly to adapt employees to remote work, which can create issues with on-premises applications and infrastructure. 

As people move from the corporate network to their homes, older systems and methods for accessing applications are becoming problematic.

IT infrastructure designed for use on-premises may be pushed to its limits. Even bandwidth limitations from your data center could be hindering performance for remote workers. Fortunately, there are ways to resolve these problems relatively quickly.

  1. Cloud Applications: A customer in Financial Services is seeing increased challenges using their on-premises file share as they move to remote work. They're leveraging Columbus to migrate from an on-prem file-share system to SharePoint Online and OneDrive. Not only does it get users better access, they’re also decreasing costs by eliminating these legacy servers and making better use of existing Office 365 licensing.
  2. Legacy Application Access: A Media client is seeing significant problems with remote users accessing on-premises legacy applications. They tapped Columbus and Microsoft Azure in order to quickly migrate those applications and workloads, and to provide remote access so their users can perform these critical business processes. This resolves both their access and bandwidth issues.
  3. Resource Limitations: Additionally, if on-prem servers are experiencing resource limitations, cloud or hybrid models can provide the elasticity needed to maintain business operations and overcome issues. We have several Food & Beverage clients who are seeing massively increased demand on certain systems, and are using Azure to extend their IT infrastructure and scale up to meet demand.

While these issues may be urgent, don’t let the current reality prevent you from choosing a solution that also supports your long-term objectives.

By working with a trusted technology partner, the customers I've mentioned are seeing decreased costs, increased elasticity, and better disaster recovery options, because we optimized the approach for each company’s wider business goals.

Columbus can help you determine, plan and execute the best option for your business. We're ready to support you through challenges and make sure your infrastructure is keeping pace with your business.

Be sure you have the right tools to connect and support your employees remotely, in a way that's sustainable long-term. Please feel free to email me directly with any questions about how to leverage technology for your unique business needs during this unprecedented time and beyond.

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