Do you ever get frustrated on how long your computer takes to boot up? I know that I do! It takes on average 45 seconds for even the fastest computers. Imagine a day where it takes 45 seconds or longer to login to Facebook or Linkedin. Would you become impatient? Facebook and Linkedin do not care which device you use to access your account, whether a PC or mobile device. Then why in the workforce do we put up with waiting several minutes for our PC’s to boot and for our email to load? Today, when we boot our computers, the biggest question is “How long will it take until I get on the Internet? We all spend most of our time on a Web Browser like you are right now reading this blog. Everything we do today is web based; Email, Social Networking, Creating Documents, News, and Video for example. Organizations are either practicing cloud computing or have future plans to implement a private cloud using a VMware or a Citrix solution.
Cloud Computing is not going away anytime soon. As more end-users are on the go and working from home, cloud computing gives them the ability to no longer worry about where applications and data are stored. It is highly automated allowing end users to store more data than on a traditional personal computer. Organizations are implementing private clouds utilizing virtualization, eliminating any exposed data on end-user computers, improving performance, and tightening security. Users can now access their data and applications from anywhere with an internet connection, using for example, a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and it is fast! VMware View 4 is transforming the desktop from device-centric to user centric. This private cloud provides an organization with a significant cost savings and improves efficiency, flexibility, and control to access applications.
Everyone is talking about Netbooks! The idea behind Netbooks is to have a travel friendly but mobile device that is fast for the end user. Next year, Google will be launching its Operating System that will be ideal for netbooks; “Google Chrome OS” Google has taken the OS from application based to web based. This new Google Chrome OS will boot in an average of 7 seconds currently, and they are working hard to make it faster! This is ideal for private clouds because all you need is a java enabled browser to access a VMware View 4 Desktop, which is fast, secure, and there are no worries of losing information because no information is stored on the device.
The Massachusetts 201 CMR 17.00 compliance deadline is approaching, May 1, 2010. Cloud Computing is a great solution because all corporate data is encrypted and resides in the data center with no personal information stored on end user devices. Not ready for cloud computing quite yet? ACS can provide a ROI analysis to see if cloud computing is a fit now or in future IT plans. In the mean time, ACS can provide a security audit to help your organization prepare and maintain compliancy.
ACS Services, Inc. specializes in server, desktop, and application virtualization solutions for SMB, Enterprise, K-12, State and Local Government. Stay tuned for a success story that VMware is publishing on ACS about one of my Enterprise clients!
– Brian McDonald, Director of Enterprise Sales