Offered through 30 Sep this year, the free licenses of the Pulse Cares program now handle heavier workloads faster.

Since being introduced earlier this year, the free Pulse Secure Connect remote-access solution has provided temporary licenses to over 1,500 enterprise accounts that needed immediate support to eliminate deployment delay during their procurement of permanent licenses.

The company behind the initiative, Pulse Secure has now announced that it is extending its offer to help customers support ongoing work-from-home (WFH) initiatives and bolster new online business services.

The Pulse Cares program will be offered through 30 Sep 2020, providing flexible licensing and enabling expedited deployment and capacity enhancement to support business continuity as organizations extend digital workplace capabilities in the wake of the COVID-19 global health crisis.

Already, businesses have to offset the economic impact on their business due to the pandemic by accelerating digital offerings. The Pulse Cares program is designed to expedite sales and service response to ensure customer business resilience. According to an upcoming Enterprise Management Associates report, 40% of organizations needed to increase their application infrastructure to support increased WFH workloads. Additionally, 35% of organizations have invested in more automation, and have added more public cloud services to support COVID-19 WFH transition.

Said Shamus McGillicuddy, Research Director at Enterprise Management Associates: “Enterprises are experiencing significantly greater workload traffic during this global health crisis, requiring IT organizations to increase their application performance to support demand and to review their delivery infrastructure for scalability and resiliency. Advanced application delivery controller  (ADC) solutions that offer virtual and cloud management flexibility… can help organizations to scale rapidly while gaining greater cost efficiencies.”

As such, the Pulse Cares program will now offer organizations Pulse Application Delivery Controller (vADC) licenses for up to a 90-day duration to enable enterprises to increase application performance for WFH productivity and the launch of new online applications and online services. This vADC solution provides enterprise extensible virtual and cloud application traffic management and availability to ensure app responsiveness and resilience; including optimal gateway selection across multiple geographic Pulse Connect Secure clusters.

Said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, chief executive officer at Pulse Secure: “I am proud at how our company and partners have locked arms to support our customers in their hour of need and helped them with their business continuity and productivity needs. We remain committed to serving our communities, employees and customers as they navigate these challenging times. Our solutions are increasingly more relevant to customers as they adapt to new workstyle initiatives and advance their digital and hybrid IT transformation.”

According to Leo Liu, Chief Technology Officer, APAC, Dentsu Aegis Network: “Pulse Connect Secure has provided the technology means to allow our employees to access corporate resources from any location and at any time securely with a computer or mobile phone, without leaving home. The ability to grant such a working model option to our employees is critical at this juncture, as it not only serves as a precautionary measure against infection, but also ensures our business is operating as usual, without any disruption to our customers.”

Remote-working becoming a mainstay?

Some research is showing a shift to more flexible and permanent remote workplace as a long-term trend that will change the way we all live and work in future. According to the 2020 Remote WFH Cybersecurity Report by Cybersecurity Insiders, 84% of organizations were likely to continue with increased WFH capacity and 54% of organizations planned to accelerate user workflows and apps to cloud-based applications.

Said Bharath Reddy Guddeti, Vice President of IT at Flipkart Private Limited: “Like other companies faced with the crisis, we mobilized our efforts to ensure business continuity, and thanks to Pulse Secure, we were able to rapidly roll out our secure remote access capabilities and capacities to our employees.”

Added Scott Kollar, senior director of infrastructure shared services at Essilor Group: “COVID-19 forced our business to rethink how our workforce could be positioned to continue business while maintaining the necessary safety precautions. Pulse Secure provided the answer with the flexibility we needed to enable a seamless transition from ‘office’ to ‘work from home’.”