26 Jan 2016

Power of HTML5

Many organizations have struggled with the cost and complexity of implementing Virtual Desktop platforms. Installing large Infrastructure to host all virtual desktops is quite expensive and complex. It would be fair to say that many VDI projectes have crashed over this cost. A hosted VDI or Desktop-as-a-Service (DAAS) is solving this issue completely by offering a cloud hosted desktop for a monthly fee.

All problems solved with Desktop-as-a-Service?

Unfortunately any DAAS still needs multiple devices that are used the access the individual virtual desktops. In quite a lot of cases, businesses use their normal desktop or notebook computer to access these virtual machines. This keeps IT expenditure at the same levels as before DAAS and even adds complexity by introducing software to establish the actual connections. With the introduction of the Google Chromebook line of products a lot of problems around costs and complexity have been addressed.

Google Chromebooks are designed to provide affordable computers that rely on a built-in browser to access applications and data in the cloud.  From an IT administration standpoint, Chromebooks are the ideal access device because there is no local administration needed, the operating system contains a built-in browser, and a minimal amount of malware targeting the Chrome OS reduces the need for security updates and anti-virus software.

Crucial to benefit from the Chromebooks or any other HTML5 browser technology is to have a cloud that is HTML5 ready. The Nuvolat Cloud is embracing the HTML5 technology completely and is equipped  with an HTML5 gateway allowing Chromebooks and other HML5 browsers to connect to virtual desktops and applications without the need to install additional tools or technology.

Adding this HTML5 gateway to the Nuvolat Cloud provides a true out-of-the-box experience, as it enables users with Chromebooks to access their desktops and applications directly through their web browsers.  Employees may bring in their Chromebooks or any other device that has an HTML5 browser on board and have access to their virtual desktops.  When a user with an HTML5 browser connects to the Nuvolat HTML5 gateway login page, he or she will automatically be presented with the virtual machines assigned to him or her and after selection the desktop will launch in a browser window.

 

04 Dec 2015

DaaS+DR

No, the title of this article is not referring to some sort of chemical formula or code for your bank’s vault. It simply talks about Disaster Recovery and what Desktop-as-a-Service means for it.

My IT infrastructure is full proof
Most companies think that disaster only strikes next door. In the unlikely event of a disaster next door having some effect on their own company, most of them believe that their disaster recovery (DR) plan will keep them up and running. Unfortunately disaster does not always strike next door, it can hit you right in the heart of your organization. If you add the fact that most DR plans are not really up to speed, you get a scary situation.
Most DR plans typically cover servers and networks and that is indeed important. Desktops however are often left unattended. A good DR plan that covers also your desktops is often so expensive that IT manager like to forget about it and opt to do nothing. But if your desktops go down, your employees could be out of work for days and you could loose valuable business.
With Desktop-as-a-Service, businesses now have an excellent tool to ensure worker productivity and business continuity, whenever or wherever disaster strikes.

Desktop DR is one of the most complex projects
Clearly, businesses need a disaster recovery plan for desktops. In a traditional approach this would mean setting up and maintaining a separate DR facility for your desktops. Unfortunately, such a second and separate facility is expensive and complex. Paying for, and maintaining, a second facility and duplicate desktop infrastructure is more than most companies can handle. On top, maintaining such a second environment is not enough. Your second environment needs to keep up with your production infrastructure. When the lights would go out, you cannot fall back on a secondary environment that is days or even weeks out of date.

DaaS = Your Desktop DR Insurance Plan
Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) is increasingly being positioned as the smart DR strategy for desktops. Essentially, DaaS is a cloud-based service offering that delivers virtual desktops to end users on any device and in any location.
Although these virtual desktops can act as part of your corporate Infrastructure, they are running in a secure offsite datacenter. All the vital infrastructure in running in some ultra secure remote location that is not impacted by any disaster that might knock on your door. All you have to do is pay a monthly subscription fee.

In the unlikely event of a disaster taking out your office and the remote datacenter in one go, a solid Cloud Service Provider has deployed a grid-based DaaS platform in a multi-geography, multi-data center approach. This means that your virtual desktops are part of a grid spread over multiple locations and are able to survive virtually any disaster. No matter which disaster strikes, your desktops will always be available, your employees will always have access to their desktops. Wherever they are.

Here’s why DaaS makes sense for desktop DR:

• virtual desktops are always available, even when your internal infrastructure is flat out on the floor.
• All you need to access your Virtual desktop is an internet connection.
• Virtual desktops are available from any location.
• You do not have to maintain a plan-B infrastructure.
• Your DaaS subscription scales with just a few clicks

Conclusion

In an always-on world, business can’t afford significant downtime. Workers not “on the job” for hours and hours are meaning losses. If you want to install a solid DR plan for your desktops without complexity and large Capex, consider DaaS. It’s simple, affordable and without complexity. With DaaS you desktops will never go out of business and your employee’s productivity will not suffer from a small or even gigantic storm.