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VMware launches Anywhere Workspace for distributed enterprises
by Paul Davenport Paul Davenport on

As enterprises continue the march toward a Work From Anywhere future, VMware is the latest IT solutions provider to debut a new suite of tools aimed squarely at managing a distributed workforce.

Called “Anywhere Workspace,” the new offering combines VMware’s Workspace One platform with endpoint security from VMware’s Carbon Black and SASE product lines.

“Even though each of these three products are best-in-class leaders, customers are asking us to do more to bring these together in an integrated offering, where each product capability builds on the capabilities of the others,” Shawn Bass, VMware’s CTO of end-user computing, told reporters.

Anywhere Workspace aims to help enterprise IT teams better manage performance and security for end users across an array of devices and locations by helping secure data and application access in hybrid, multi-cloud enterprise environments.

The driving force behind the introduction of VMware’s latest product suite is the fact that many IT teams have had to deploy a fragmented security approach since the start of the pandemic as users began accessing corporate data from the distributed network edge. This flipped the script on the traditional office-centric IT management model that many teams followed pre-COVID, where the locations and devices used to access the corporate network were easier to predict and manage.

Now, users are all over the map, with the enterprise network edge now spanning an almost even mix of urban, suburban, and rural locations, according to the findings of AppNeta’s 2021 Work From Anywhere Outlook report. And while security and compliance has been a major focus for enterprise IT teams throughout the pandemic, end users’ priorities are more focused on regaining the level of app and network performance in a post-pandemic world that they enjoyed back in the office.

The introduction of VMware’s latest product suite comes as Gartner anticipates tech spending for enterprises is going to reach an all-time high by the close of 2021. Spending on devices like laptops, desktops, tablets, and mobile phones will jump 14 percent this year over 2020 levels, the research finds, as enterprise software spending will see a 10.8 percent boost.

“IT no longer just supports corporate operations as it traditionally has, but is fully participating in business value delivery,” said John-David Lovelock, distinguished research vice president at Gartner. “Not only does this shift IT from a back-office role to the front of business, but it also changes the source of funding from an overhead expense that is maintained, monitored, and sometimes cut, to the thing that drives revenue.”

All of this is to say that no matter what infrastructure improvements take place in the future, IT will require a more diverse and scalable toolset to deliver on ever-higher employee expectations, regardless of where they are located

AppNeta deploys outside-in monitoring into the cloud environments delivering the business-critical applications and SaaS workflows that enable businesses to operate in a Work From Anywhere world. In fact, our ability to scale and meet the needs of our increasingly decentralized enterprise customers has helped us win a slew of Customer and Cloud-specific awards of late, including the 2021 Cloud Computing Product of the Year from TMC.

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Tags: distributed enterprise, decentralization, hybrid cloud, hybrid work, hybrid office, anywhere operations, anywhere workspace, work from anywhere, work from home, remote workforce, remote work, network management, WAN, network security, security, SASE, cloud computing, cloud, VMware

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