Just as 2010 was coming to a close, Congress and the administration acted to jump-start telework and expand its use within the government, both through the Telework Enhancement Act and new work policies that apply during government closures. Widespread broadband availability and mature tools for secure remote access give employees working from home (and elsewhere) the same capabilities as their colleagues at headquarters. Check out these seven:
1. NOTEBOOK: The HP EliteBook 8440p can stand up to the rigors of the road with a rugged magnesium aluminum display enclosure and magnesium alloy chassis for durability. The notebook also offers the manageability and security teleworkers require.
2. THIN CLIENT: Offering workstation-class performance for advanced applications, the Wyse P20 stateless zero client gives users the feel of a true PC, such as multiple display support and multimedia playback.
3. CLIENT VIRTUALIZATION: VMware ThinApp gives teleworkers reliable and flexible application access from virtually any PC and eases the challenge of supporting remote employees.
4. ENCRYPTED USB: The IronKey Enterprise D200 flash drive provides secure storage for mobile government workers who need to conveniently move large volumes of data. The device has been validated to meet the stringent FIPS 140-2 Level 3 security requirements.
5. IP PHONE: The Avaya one-X Deskphone Edition 9620 IP phone offers enhanced high-fidelity audio with the calling features users have come to expect, such as one-touch dialing and transfer capability.
6. VPN: The Cisco ASA 5510 Series VPN Edition security appliance blends IPSec and Secure Sockets Layer virtual private network services for secure remote access to government systems.
7. WEB CONFERENCING: When away from the office, Cisco WebEx Meeting Center can support presentations and collaboration. The software as a service even offers mobile access from a smartphone.