Kevin Wilkins – Chief Technology Officer


Computational resources were now available outside your four walls and away from the watchful but sullen eyes of a SysAdmin or Labbie. But access to the necessary remote equipment, skills, and credentials were restricted to an elite class of wizard, most of whom were classified as “good”.


Welcome to the year 2017! Nearly everyone has multiple connected devices and nearly every company has some method by which remote workers can access a great deal of company data and applications. But any Remote Access solution is under constant assault by would be intruders.


A secure form of Remote Access is a common need but not everyone has a good solution, and not due to a lack of options.


You can use hub-and-spoke VPNs to connect home offices or you can use dynamic VPNs to support mobile workers. But these VPNs often open the entire corporate network to connecting computers for which you have no guarantee of security. They could be BYOD – personally owned devices with no oversight on safe use and proper maintenance.


Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop provide control and security but also carry great expense in hardware and licensing costs. Best-practice still requires a VPN front end for these technologies.


A better solution would be scalable and cost efficient while providing BYOD remote access to your existing infrastructure of workstations and file servers. The solution would mediate these connections to prevent protocol attacks, provide granular access control of the connecting person to specific resources, while adding additional layers of encryption and authentication. There would be full support for smartphones, tablets, MACs, and PCs.


Array Networks seems to have filled that gap with their Secure Access Gateway and Desktop Direct product lines with a mature product from a mature company.


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