Day: October 29, 2013

VDI Healthcare and Accounting Case Studies

Case Studies OTNO Blog

The ability of virtual desktops to enhance businesses’ IT mobility, security, and cost-efficiency has made them increasingly popular. For example, the virtual desktop market in the United Kingdom now has an estimated 12.92% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).

It’s also notable that UMass Memorial Medical Center, the second-largest employer in the state of Massachusetts with 12,000 to 15,000 employees, has started to switch to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Though UMass Medical Center’s primary motivation in switching to a VDI wasn’t to enhance the security of its IT infrastructure, it was still one of the major benefits, according to the healthcare organization’s Chief Information Security Officer Bruce Forman.

“[What using VDI] is beginning to allow me to do is have much more centralized access to the information, as it essentially never leaves the data center,” Forman told Patrick Ouellette of “It all stays in a vault…We can start to ensure information resides inside of the protected data center’s wall…as opposed to being out on someone’s laptop, home, USB  thumb drive etc.”

Bentleys Brisbane, a medium-sized accounting firm in Queensland, Australia, has also started to switch to a VDI. According to Rohan Pearce of Computerworld, one of the main reasons that Bentleys has adopted a VDI is because it would increase the manageability of their IT infrastructure. (With many IT infrastructures, applications are installed separately on each PC workstation, and the only way to update them is to access and change each workstation one-by-one. The applications of a VDI, on the other hand, are centralized and can be deployed and updated quickly and easily.)

Another reason that Bentleys selected a VDI deployment was that it offered a cost-efficient way to upgrade its 150 desktops running Windows XP Pro to the 64-bit version of Windows 7. (Most, if not all, of the processing and storage requirements of a VDI are handled by servers, so Bentleys wouldn’t have to upgrade its computers to correspond with its change of operating systems.) Also a motivation for switching to a virtual desktop infrastructure was mobility: according to Pearce, Bentleys wanted a solution that allowed its employees to access their files and applications from home and from the offices of their customers, and virtual desktops can be accessed from anywhere with any Internet-connected computer, tablet, or smartphone.

UMass Medical Center and Bentleys could have benefited even more from switching to a VDI if they had signed up for a Hosted VDI from Ironorbit, however. For example, our Hosted Virtual Desktops don’t require businesses to purchase or manage any on-site servers or hire any on-premise IT personnel. Other advantages of selecting a Hosted VDI from Ironorbit include:

  • Flat rate pricing. Ironorbit Hosted VDIs cost only a low, flat monthly fee. The costs of a self-hosted VDI are never as stable or predictable, however, since a VDI’s hardware can fail at any time and have to be repaired and replaced.
  • Better security. Ironorbit’s Hosted VDIs are monitored 24x7x365 and are protected with enterprise-level security measures such as firewalls, IPS/IDS, antivirus, spam blockers, patch management, and content filters.
  • Data backups and technical support included. Our Hosted Virtual Desktops come with complete daily VDI backups and 24x7x365 US-based technical support.

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Raise Profits with QuickBooks Hosting

Businesses use accounting applications like QuickBooks and Sage 50 (formerly Peachtree Accounting) to monitor and manage their accounts payable, accounts receivable, bills, inventory, and payroll.

The software provides managers with the relevant financial information they need to run their businesses efficiently and effectively.

Programs like QuickBooks are therefore not only useful for storing, tracking, and analyzing fiscal data; they also have the ability to make a business better (i.e., less wasteful and better organized) and more profitable.

For an accounting application to raise the efficiency and effectiveness of a business enough to affect its profits, however, it needs to be hosted by IronOrbit.

How Accounting Application Hosting from IronOrbit help businesses?

Accounting Application Hosting from IronOrbit helps to increase the profitability of businesses by (using Hosted QuickBooks as an example):

  • Making QuickBooks accessible from anywhere. IronOrbit’s QuickBooks Hosting solutions can be accessed from anywhere with any Internet-connected computer, tablet, or smartphone. Therefore, users can continue using QuickBooks and accessing all of their financial data even if they’re away from the office—whether they’re providing services off-site, conducting a business trip, riding on public transportation, or sitting at home.
  • Making QuickBooks centralized. IronOrbit QuickBooks Hosting solutions are scalable, meaning that any amount of processing power, data storage capacity, or users can be added to them at any time. They’re also (as mentioned above) accessible from anywhere. Because our QuickBooks Hosting solutions are so flexible and widely-available, businesses only need to sign up for a single deployment of IronOrbit Hosted QuickBooks, even if they have multiple offices or if their employees perform most of their work off-site. This centralization increases efficiency and reduces the likelihood of incorrect calculations by making sure that everyone in an organization is working from the same data from the same version of QuickBooks.
  • Preventing security breaches and ensuring compliance. Just because IronOrbit QuickBooks Hosting solutions are anywhere-accessible doesn’t mean that they’re accessible to everyone. To keep access to our Hosted QuickBooks solutions restricted to authorized users, we provide 24x7x365 security monitoring, firewalls, antivirus, IPS/IDS, and patch management. In addition, our solutions are fully compliant with data security regulations such as PCI DSS, SOX, and GLBA. Businesses that sign up for Accounting Application Hosting from IronOrbit therefore won’t have to deal with the hefty costs of security breaches and regulatory fines.
  • Making QuickBooks more reliable. IronOrbit QuickBooks Hosting solutions are as fast and as responsive as a locally-installed version of QuickBooks. In addition, our solutions are monitored and maintained 24x7x365, and are backed by a 100% uptime guarantee.

Contact IronOrbit at (888) 753-5060 or [email protected] to host QuickBooks with us and starting profiting from the enhanced accessibility, centralization, security, and reliability of our Accounting Application Hosting solutions today!