The word “holistic” has turned into one of those phrases that marketers overuse, kind of like the unfortunate predilection so many have for using “leverage” as a verb – only in the latter case not only are they overusing the term, but they are grammatically incorrect too. “Holistic” is one of those Kumbayah words that tells us that we are all going to come together and life will be better through that unification.
In IT, a fractured field rife with systems and platforms that won’t work together without major integration efforts – and sometimes not even then – the application is obvious and the proffered benefits very real. So many offerings have fallen short though.
This week Santa Clara, CA-based NComputing released oneSpace, a new desktop solution that promises to empower the IT team to both unify and securely deliver applications and files and to extend them as a service to a variety of devices, including iPad and Android tablets – an endeavor that tends to be particularly complicated.
“End user performance and experience is paramount to our mobile computing strategy,” said Glen Nakashoji, Manager of Information Technology, Northeastern Catholic District School Board, in a statement.
According to the company, NComputing oneSpace is designed specifically for the needs of SMBs with delivery available in either on-prem or pure cloud (hosted by NComputing) models that obviate the need for forklift infrastructure upgrades, data migration, application re-writing, deep IT budgets, or a significant impact on IT staff for implementation and management. Also appealing to SMBs: pricing starts at less than a dollar per day per user.
Having evaluated oneSpace, Nakoshi says it will enable his organization to package and extend key solutions and services including Windows applications, cloud based services and existing file shares to a variety of mobile devices, including Windows Laptops, Tablets and Apple iPad. “Our ultimate goal is to establish a centralized application and virtual space that can be accessed at the point of learning by our students.”
Paul Collins, Associate Vice President of Technology, Adler School of Professional Psychology, is looking to solve similar problems and was one of the beta testers for the new solution.
“As a higher education institution, we have a large percentage of our students that are spread across two campuses in the USA and Canada bringing their own personal computing devices,” said Collins in a statement.
Collins says the new solution allows Adler to deliver “expanded access to both applications and data to these personal devices, including iPad and Android tablets, without compromising on security.”
To drive early adoption, NComputing is offering a number of programs including an introductory Production Pilot that promises will get users started with either version of oneSpace in one day and a free 30-day trial.
The oneSpace pilot allows customers to quickly provision a standard set of productivity applications, and both on-premises and cloud file shares to their end users on iPad and Android tablets. NComputing is offering free support during the Production Pilot for the one day onboarding process.
The trial provides access to the oneSpace cloud trial service from iPad and Android tablets and includes a standard set of Windows, web and SaaS applications and access to both Windows and cloud file shares. You can find out more at http://www.ncomputing.com/products/onespace.