How to Manage Your EUC Strategy During a Worldwide Hardware and Chip Shortage

Gene Villeneuve

In late 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to surge around the globe, the world began hearing about a new crisis - the global chip shortage

Primarily attributed to the pandemic, the crisis stemmed from the global lockdowns that sent workers home and took factories offline during 2020. At the same time, demand for electronics rose exponentially as consumers upgraded their home computers, monitors, TVs, webcams, and more to drive connectivity, collaboration and productivity for themselves and their families during lockdowns. This has now created a shortage of processors, memory and other chips used to power everything from computers, gaming consoles and TVs, to coffee makers and electronic toothbrushes, to automobiles. 

In July, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger predicted the worst of the global chip crisis is still to come, telling the BBC that the shortage will get worse in the "second half of this year" and it will be "a year or two" before supplies return to normal. Late last month, the Wall Street Journal reported that HP Inc. and Dell Technologies Inc. are seeing demand for computers outpace their ability to satisfy customer orders as shortages and supply chain issues inhibit sales growth.

 

It’s Not Just About the Consumer, IT Organizations Are Feeling the Pinch

The current hardware shortages driven by the diminishing supply of chips, is not just bad news for consumers who are finding it difficult and more costly to purchase new automobiles and consumer electronics, it is also making it difficult for IT organizations who know that keeping devices and applications current, using the latest and greatest hardware and software, can boost employee productivity and network security. 

Yet, the reality is that the traditional way of achieving this by replacing or upgrading endpoints is no longer a viable option as businesses are now waiting weeks or months for new computers to arrive. Instead, IT leaders are being forced to look at alternative ways to support end-user connectivity and collaboration, while driving productivity and security, using the hardware resources that are currently available to them. 

 

Get Up and Running in Minutes and More Cost-Effectively with Tehama

For today’s IT organizations, a modern DaaS platform like Tehama's Enterprise-Ready Virtual Desktops offers all the benefits of a brand-new fleet of high-performance laptops, but without the issues that come with a typical device refresh. 

To begin with, instead of waiting weeks or months now for IT to procure and set up new equipment, image the new laptops, and distribute them to staff, Tehama is the only DaaS provider that can have virtual rooms and desktops implemented and deployed in under an hour.

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Next, Tehama DaaS can extend the life of older devices because a virtual desktop can be run on any device that has access to the internet. This gives employees the ability to continue using an older low-performing device – either a corporate laptop, or their own under a BYOD policy – while still having access to cutting-edge technology, applications, and systems without needing to worry about downgraded performance. Further, because no actual data will reside on that physical device, the security concerns present with the physical device are no longer an issue.

Finally, DaaS is less expensive to operate as it requires little IT management, troubleshooting, or time spent imaging and shipping (or receiving) laptops from far-flung remote employees. Further, IT organizations can reduce CapEx, as they no longer need to source, configure or ship new laptops, or purchase costly infrastructure equipment upgrades. 

Read more about these and the other benefits of “Replacing the need for a laptop strategy with DaaS” in our recent blog series. To discover how you can quickly and efficiently enable a secure, sustainable remote workforce with Tehama’s Enterprise DaaS platform, book a demo today with one of our platform experts!

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