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Say YES to remote work!

The world of work is changing and chances are most businesses have already made adjustments to their workforce because of the proven benefits of remote working: reduced absenteeism, lower turnover, improved employee health and attitude. But it’s not just a matter of creating policies or adapting attitudes to support remote work. The leading driver of a successful remote/mobile work program is technology.

Without the right technology to enable productive remote work, your business won’t reap the benefits. The key is a complete, integrated workspace to enable employees to securely access their apps, desktops and data from anywhere, anytime, on any device. So what technology provides that service?

Cloud hosted Desktop-as-a-Service, or DaaS, is an innovative solution perfect for businesses looking to support remote work employees, mobile employees and BYOD environments. It’s also an ideal solution for small business transitioning applications and support to the cloud.

What is DaaS? Desktop as a Service is the provisioning of remote hosted virtual desktops using a remote server to host personal computer desktops simultaneously. With DaaS a major upgrade is integrated quickly, IT staff no longer has to move from computer to computer to perform the same tasks on multiple PCs. The PCs effectively become all the same, all of which are accessing data and applications through the cloud service provider without storing anything locally.

Make your physical workspace more efficient.
A mobile workforce has many faces. There are employees that are mobile within their work environment, moving from terminal to terminal, such as doctors, factory floor workers, and retail associates. For them to remain productive, they need reliable, fast and secure access to corporate apps and data, regardless of location. Desktop-as-a-Service provides employees virtual workstations throughout a facility, where data and applications are accessed via the cloud service on any device. A quick login and they are in their documents, applications and corporate data, securely.

Whether you have virtual workstations throughout your office or virtual desktops for remote employees, there is one stand out benefit – cost savings on hardware! DaaS removes the burden of purchasing, supporting and upgrading local PCs and laptops. Reuse existing hardware and extend the life of your IT investment. The technology itself – the use of a thin client to access DaaS – costs two times less than a traditional PC due to its longer life, absence of a local hard disk, and reduced power consumption.

And security?
If there is no sensitive information stored on any local hard drive, there is nothing to steal or loose. Cloud desktops are locked down, changes are made by an administrator which helps to prevent user initiated problems. And if a cloud desktop gets an infection, an IT professional simply recovers from a golden image and then reloads the user’s profile settings. Recovery is quick and easy.

Your employees are asking for greater flexibility and remote work options. With DaaS you can confidently provide a productive remote work environment, satisfying their requests. Call Ancero to schedule your free evaluation. We’ll discuss your immediate needs, current IT infrastructure and long term goals to ensure your organization is a fit for DaaS.

Your can reach our business technology solutions experts at 856-210.5800 or email them at sales@ancero.com.

 

Maintain productivity in an increasingly mobile workstyle

Many businesses are searching for a cost-effective, secure and reliable way to provide their distributed end-users access to business applications and corporate data no matter where they work. Cloud hosted Desktop-as-a-Service, or DaaS, is an innovative solution perfect for businesses looking to support remote work employees, mobile employees and BYOD environments.

According to a Gallup poll, 37% of U.S. workers have telecommuted, working from home an average of two days per month.  A remote workforce has many faces. There are employees that are on the move full-time within their work environment, such as doctors, factory floor workers, and retail associates. This includes shift workers or clinicians that use shared devices to reduce costs. For them to remain productive, they need reliable, fast and secure access to corporate apps and data, regardless of location.

To be successful, a workspace requires several things: security, remote access to apps and data, and a great user experience. Ancero’s Desktop-as-a-Service provides employees a virtual workstation enabling access to their documents, applications and corporate data, securely from any device, anytime, anywhere. DaaS removes the burden of purchasing, supporting and upgrading local PCs, streamlines IT management and expands the reach of your organization by making your employees more mobile and responsive.

Cost benefits

  • Reduce management overhead associated with core server and storage infrastructure equipment.
  • Take advantage of Microsoft service provider licensing and rent software monthly instead of a large up front capital outlay.
  • Reuse existing hardware and extend the life of your IT investment.
  • Use of a thin client to access DaaS, which costs two times less than a traditional PC due to its longer life, absence of a local hard disk, and reduced power consumption.

Security

  • If there is no sensitive information stored on any local hard drive, there is nothing to steal or loose.
  • Cloud desktops are locked down, changes are made by an administrator which helps to prevent user initiated problems.
  • If a cloud desktop gets an infection, we simply recover from a golden image and then reload the user’s profile settings.  Recovery is quick and easy.

Mobility

  • Hibernate your virtual desktop at the office, resume that same virtual desktop at home.
  • Access your complete personal PC desktop experience from anywhere, using any device.

Flexibility 

  • Virtual desktops are implemented and scaled quickly.
  • Rapidly deploy new updates, software and apps.
  • Ready-made disaster recovery (DR) strategy to get their desktops up and running quickly after any disaster.

Ancero Desktop-as-a-Service enables hosted business services on demand for the mobile work styles of today’s end users with out loss of productivity. It’s the perfect solution for small business transitioning applications and support to the cloud. Are you looking to make your physical workspace more efficient and productive for remote work? Call Ancero to schedule your free evaluation. We’ll discuss your immediate needs, current IT infrastructure and long term goals to ensure your environment is a fit for DaaS.
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Cloud Basics – Understanding your Company’s Cloud Strategy

Cloud Basics – Understanding your Company’s Cloud Strategy

Most of us have heard the term “Cloud Computing” or “Cloud Services” and the buzz around the Cloud. Many of you may be using the Cloud in your personal computing life and may not have even realized it (gmail, dropbox, etc.). So how do you cut through the media information and take a serious look at what your corporate cloud strategy should really be, or if you should even have one at all?

The Traditional Computing Model

Here is a high-level overview of the basic services a business would need:

  • Phone Service – Traditionally installed business phone system, all calls come into the organization through a phone line or connection to the public phone company. This business phone system controls the internal routing of the calls and delivers features such as call parking, voicemail etc.
  • Business Applications – Typical business applications include accounting or billing software, CRM applications and industry proprietary applications (i.e. medical records software etc.).
  • Email – This has become a staple in most business environments.
    Data Storage – Where do we store our files such as spreadsheets, documents, databases and images?

In a traditional business computing infrastructure, a company would have many devices and servers that comprise the underlying platform for these services. Servers, data storage devices and networking equipment are used to build the backbone of the infrastructure with most of the equipment residing in the corporate data center. Complicated networks are often created for connectivity to remote users or branch offices.

Once a company’s infrastructure is built, many questions arise:

  • How to protect the infrastructure from failure?
  • If it fails, how do we continue to do business?
  • Who manages the equipment?
  • Where do we house the equipment?
  • How often do we have to upgrade or replace the equipment?

The answers to these questions are often complicated and expensive. Most companies adapt by creating an IT group that works tirelessly at building and maintaining this environment, creating a constant cycle of IT related projects and capital costs.

Cloud – The Basics

The term “Cloud” is actually a computing concept and it means different things to many people. This may take the form of software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and more.

As a basic rule, public cloud computing generally refers to utilizing the resources from a provider that has already built the infrastructure or software platform in a pay for use or shared tenant model. This allows a company to move the IT budgets from a capital expenditure model to more of an operational expenditure model, thus reducing large IT expenses.

Private cloud computing generally refers to a company model or building your own scalable infrastructure with virtual technology. It can also be a dedicated portion of a public cloud provider’s infrastructure without necessarily sharing resources. The Private Cloud model offers greater security and often times is more flexible in its use since the infrastructure is dedicated to a single company organization.

Hybrid cloud is a mix of two or more clouds, typically a public cloud model, perhaps Salesforce.com or Microsoft’s Office 365, with a private cloud dedicated server infrastructure for a company business application.

PaaS, IaaS and SaaS all refer to “as a service” models where a company utilizes platform, infrastructure or software as a service, typically under a subscription payment plan. Again, think Salesforce.com for SaaS and an example.

Why the Cloud?

In a very practical sense for a small to medium sized business, the cloud is about outsourcing your computing needs to a Cloud or Managed Service Provider that can manage those services on a scalable utility model. Let’s look at each basic business need and see what the cloud can do for those services.

  • Phone
  • Business Applications
  • Email
  • Data Storage

The answers to the original questions become the responsibility of the Cloud provider. Many Providers offer service level agreements with up to 99.999% uptime guarantees. Most offer management options that include both co-management and complete management of devices and software. The features, functionality and services offered by a CSP or MSP are less expensive than buying or building it yourself.

Free your company from the traditional computing model. Cloud allows anywhere, any device accessibility with built in scalability and true business continuity. Get your applications up and running faster, with improved management and less maintenance. The cloud enables your company to quickly adjust resources to meet fluctuating and unpredictable business demand while avoiding upfront infrastructure costs.

In short moving to the cloud allows your company to focus on building business, not maintaining a computer network. Leave that job to Ancero Managed IT.