In today’s business environment, portability is everything. Smartphones, tablets and ultrabooks have allowed executives to stay connected at all times, even in the middle of a flight!
Smart workplaces implement BYOD (bring your own device) policies to encourage their staff to stay productive even when outside the office. But they represent a minority at this point in time: most workplaces haven’t yet made the leap to BYOD, citing worries about security and problems with provisioning data to every device as their last stumbling blocks.
These quickly become non-issues with the adoption of a hosted workspace – a desktop environment provisioned from a remote server. To help you achieve a smart workplace, All Covered will launch a new service called All Covered Workspaces. This is a fully managed Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution allowing you to access your business desktops, applications and data remotely.
This solution creates an individual user workspace stored in the All Covered Cloud and accessible from any computer or mobile device connected to the Internet. The programs, applications and data on the virtual desktop can now be accessed from any location – not just the office. All Covered Workspaces includes email, file sharing, collaboration, security tools and application support with all updates and technical support included in the service. Users gain access to a virtualized desktop environment from any approved device.
This solution also has applications in the office, where less-expensive “thin clients” can take the place of overly powerful desktop computers. “Thin clients” running a virtualized desktop only need access to the host server. As its delegated memory, storage and computing power to the server, “thin clients” only need enough power to run the desktop. They’re cheaper to maintain, and require less attention from IT professionals, who find they no longer need to devote time and effort performing backups, virus scans, and application updates for multiple machines.
This new setup presents major advantages in the areas of desktop management and cost. End-users enjoy all the benefits of the older desktop model they’ve grown accustomed to, and more besides. Apart from providing the full desktop experience from a smaller, lighter machine, hosted workspaces also allow users to access their desktop from Internet-enabled devices as varied as tablets, smartphones or their home computers. This means streamlined management and major savings for IT departments, reducing up to 70 percent of the total expense and effort required to maintain an office desktop infrastructure.
If you decide to adopt a virtual desktop environment for your company, you’ll likely start by looking at products like Citrix’s XenDesktop, one of the top virtual desktop solutions available on the market.
Deploying and managing this setup requires a different skill set from IT managers: the old, individual-desktop paradigm has very little in common with deploying and managing a virtualized desktop environment. Luckily, you can hire outside service providers with ample experience in virtualization technologies to deploy the technology for you.
With All Covered Workspaces, our hosted workspace solution, you can make the move to virtual desktops easily and securely; from initiating a technical and business analysis to conducting a full production roll-out, we can provide all the know-how and support your need. Our team of engineers possess full certification in Citrix and Microsoft – in short, we have all the tools to break the chains that bind your data to the office.
All Covered will host a live customer webinar about this service on December 8. Also, you can download our free ebook, “Flexible Solutions for Today’s Mobile Workforce: All Covered Workspaces.”