Category: Hosted Virtual Desktops

Hosted Desktops: IronOrbit Mac OS and iOS Compatibility

IronOrbit Hosted Desktops are IT solutions that appear and perform the same as locally-installed Windows desktop operating systems. They are accessible from anywhere with any computer, thin client, tablet, or smartphone that has an internet connection.

This holds true even for devices that aren’t normally compatible with Windows operating systems or applications. These include any device manufactured by Apple—namely Macs, iPads, and iPhones.

Ways that businesses can take advantage of the compatibility of IronOrbit Hosted Desktop with Apple computers, tablets, and smartphones include:

Provide Mac users with access to Windows applications.

Some Windows applications (including Microsoft Access, Microsoft OneNote, and Microsoft Publisher) can’t be installed on Mac computers. And Mac versions of applications like are usually missing many of the newer and more advanced features of the Windows versions. Microsoft hasn’t released a new version of Microsoft Office for Mac since 2010, for example. Businesses could, therefore, use IronOrbit Hosted VDIs to provide employees with Mac computers with access to important Windows applications.

Implement a more centralized and manageable IT infrastructure.

Deploying these applications on IronOrbit Hosted Desktops results have important advantages.  It results in more centralized, secure, and manageable IT infrastructure than installing them separately on each device. Even if it’s possible to directly install all of a business’s applications on all of its employees’ devices.

Each IronOrbit Hosted Desktop deployment involves consolidation onto a small number of interconnected servers. These servers handle all of the processing and storage requirements of the Hosted Desktops. Except for the video and audio of the Hosted Desktop that’s streamed to the user’s device, no data from the Hosted Desktops is ever transferred off of our servers.

We protect these servers with 24x7x365 security monitoring and our Orbital Security System (firewalls, IDS/IPS, antivirus, and content filtering). Also, the centralization of IronOrbit Hosted Desktops enables businesses to install or update applications on all of the desktops of a Hosted VDI deployment with just a few clicks.

Provide iPad and iPhone users with access to Windows applications.

There are other ways to access Windows-only applications on Mac computers than just with IronOrbit Hosted Desktops, but they’re slower and more expensive than our solutions; and in any case, they don’t work with iPads or iPhones. IronOrbit Hosted Desktops, on the other hand, is accessible from any of the Apple tablets or smartphones.

It’s been 30 years since the first Mac computer was introduced by Apple—and what better way to celebrate that milestone than for businesses to contact IronOrbit at or (888) 753-5060, sign up for our Desktop Virtualization, Server Virtualization, or Application Hosting solutions, and extend the availability of their critical Windows applications to all of their Apple devices!

Reduce Payroll Costs with Hosted Desktops

If you‰Ûªre a business that would like to add talented and hardworking people to your workforce but are prevented from doing so by the high cost of labor in your area, you‰Ûªre in luck.

With IronOrbit Hosted Desktops, businesses can hire employees living out-of-state or overseas‰ÛÓand do it without having to make any radical changes to their IT infrastructure.

IronOrbit Hosted Desktops are web-based IT solutions that appear and perform the same as Windows desktop operating systems.

Though they can do anything that a locally-installed Windows desktop OS can do. Like run applications, access email, save files, and browse the web.

They also have the advantage of easy accessibility from anywhere with any Internet-connected computer, tablet, or smartphone. In addition, our Hosted Desktops are centralized onto a small number of interconnected servers.

This is despite being more accessible than locally-installed desktop operating systems. Which makes them easier to protect and manage.

The benefits of IronOrbit Hosted Desktops for businesses with remote workers include:

  • Desktop-level functionality. IronOrbit Hosted Desktops are versatile and powerful desktop. Like environments that allow workers to access all of their files and applications from a single interface. They also enable remote workers to be as productive as onsite workers.
  • Anywhere-accessibility. IronOrbit Hosted Desktops are accessible via the Internet from anywhere, and our three data centers. Including one on each coast of the continental US, ensure that our solutions are as fast and responsive as even the most high-end onsite PC workstation, regardless of the user‰Ûªs location.
  • High scalability. Provisioning a Hosted Desktop for a new remote employee takes at most a few days.
  • No additional hardware purchases required. It won‰Ûªt be necessary for a business to purchase end-user devices for its remote workers.  IronOrbit Desktop Virtualization solutions are accessible from any computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  • No additional IT personnel required. Businesses don‰Ûªt have to hire any additional IT personnel when they sign up for our Hosted Desktops. Experience 24x7x365 technical support, an enterprise-level IT security system, and automated data backups come standard with all IronOrbit solutions.

The numbers

The difference between the highest and lowest average annual wage among states is almost $25,000. It can also be inferred from these statistics that a business in the state with the highest average annual wage, Connecticut, could reduce its payroll costs by an average of up to 42 percent if it hired remote workers living in South Dakota, the state with the lowest average annual wage.

In addition, businesses can reduce their payroll costs even more by hiring remote workers in other countries. Workers in the United States make an average of $45,790 per year, for example, but the per capita income in India is only $1,527.

To start reducing their payroll costs by hiring remote workers, businesses should contact IronOrbit at or (888) 753-5060 to sign up for our Desktop Virtualization and Hosted IT Infrastructure services today!

Five Problems Solved by IronOrbit Hosted Desktops

IronOrbit Hosted Desktops appear and perform just like locally-installed Windows desktop operating systems.

IronOrbit Virtual Hosted Desktops are more cost-efficient, accessible, secure, and reliable than onsite PC workstations, however, and their benefits include lower IT costs, the prevention of downtime and data loss, and higher productivity.

Signing up for IronOrbit Hosted Desktops can even help companies solve these five important business problems:

5 Problems Hosted Desktops Can Solve For Your Business

Excessive IT hardware costs

IronOrbit Hosted Desktops don’t require the purchase of any onsite servers, storage devices, or advanced networking equipment.

Our Virtual Hosted Desktops can be accessed from any Internet-connected computer, thin client, tablet, or smartphone.

Because our Hosted Desktops are processed and stored entirely on the servers in our data centers, the age or condition of users’ devices doesn’t matter—our Hosted Desktops are as fast and responsive as a brand-new, high-end PC, even when accessed from a five-year-old computer or smartphone.

Businesses that sign up for IronOrbit Hosted Desktops therefore can purchase more cost-efficient end-user devices and replace them less often; they can even reduce their IT hardware costs to nothing if they allow their employees to use their personal laptops, tablets, or smartphones at the office.

High IT maintenance costs

Businesses that sign up for IronOrbit Hosted Desktops never have to hire any $50,000-per-year onsite IT personnel or $100-per-hour IT freelancers.

As part of their low, flat monthly fee, IronOrbit Hosted Desktop Infrastructures come with enterprise-level IT support—including 24x7x365 technical support, comprehensive IT security (including firewalls, IDS/IPS, antivirus, and content filtering), and managed data backups.

Limited accessibility of important IT resources

IronOrbit Virtual Hosted Desktops can be accessed from anywhere via the Internet.

In addition, IronOrbit Hosted Desktops are persistent, so all of the applications, files, and settings that were on a user’s Virtual Hosted Desktop when he logged out will still be there when he logs back in, even if the user has switched his device or location between logging out and logging in again.

IronOrbit Hosted Desktops let workers (including telecommuters and offsite contractors) access all of the IT resources that they need to do their job no matter where they are—regardless of whether they’re at the office, at home, traveling, or somewhere else.

Non-compliance with data security regulations

IronOrbit Hosted Desktops comply with HIPAA, SOX, GLBA, and PCI DSS. If necessary, IronOrbit Virtual Hosted Desktops can also be customized to comply with any other industry or government data security regulations not listed here.

Onerously slow and unavailable IT infrastructure

IronOrbit Hosted Desktops prevent businesses from losing productivity and revenue due to a slow or unreliable IT infrastructure; our Virtual Hosted Desktops continuously perform as well as the most advanced onsite PC workstations and are backed with a 100% uptime guarantee.

To switch to an IT solution that’s cost-efficient, anywhere-accessible, compliant, fast, and reliable, businesses should contact IronOrbit at (888) 753-5060 or to sign up for our Hosted Desktops or Application Hosting today!

Top 5 Reasons to Choose IronOrbit VPS Hosting

It’s possible to divide a single physical server into multiple virtual private servers (VPS).

These virtual private servers are similar to independent physical servers: they both have a defined amount of processing power (CPU) and storage capacity (RAM and HDD or SSD), which are used to host IT solutions such as applications and virtual desktops.

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However, while a physical server’s resources are determined by its hardware, a virtual private server’s resources are determined by a form of software called a virtualization platform; and this provides a VPS with the flexibility to contain as many resources as one-fourth of a physical server (if a business doesn’t need a full physical server and doesn’t want to pay for one) or that of multiple physical servers (if a business has an application or website that needs more processing and storage resources than what is contained in a single physical server).

The cost-efficiency and flexibility of hosted virtual private servers are what causes many businesses to select them over solutions like hosted dedicated servers and hosted terminal servers.

Reasons why Businesses Sign up for IronOrbit VPS Hosting:

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  • Performance. IronOrbit Hosted VPS perform just as well as onsite servers, regardless of the quality of the user’s device or the speed of his or her network. We maximize the performance of our Virtual Private Servers with intuitive, trend-based caching and packet-prioritizing network algorithms.
  • Security. We provide better security for our Hosted VPS than any other hosting provider. We protect them with firewalls, IPS/IDS, gateway antivirus, content filtering, access control, and 24x7x365 alarm monitoring at our datacenters, among other security measures.
  • Cost. IronOrbit Virtual Private Servers—even with Orbital Security, Atomic Speed Technology, 24x7x365 technical support, and managed data backups included—cost only a low, flat monthly fee. They also don’t require the purchase of any additional onsite hardware.
  • Customizability. Businesses can host any IT solution they want on an IronOrbit Virtual Private Server, including applications, virtual desktops, databases, and websites. Other aspects of their Hosted VPS that they can customize include its number of users, amount of data storage, security policies, and authorization settings.
  • Support. All of our Virtual Private Servers come with 24x7x365 all-inclusive technical support, as well as around-the-clock performance and security monitoring and IT maintenance. As a result, businesses that sign up for IronOrbit VPS Hosting don’t need to hire any additional IT personnel.

To sign up for Hosted Virtual Private Servers that perform better and are more secure, cost-efficient, customizable, and better-supported than the Hosted VPS of any other hosting provider, contact IronOrbit at or (888) 753-5060 today!

Why BYOD Only Works with Hosted VDIs

A majority of businesses now allow their employees to bring their personal laptops, smartphones, and tablets to the office, with which they’re permitted to access the company’s restricted networks, applications, and files.

One of the main benefits of a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy is lower costs—it decreases or eliminates the need to purchase or maintain any onsite PC workstations or other computing devices.

Another benefit of BYOD is that it gives employees the opportunity to do their work on devices they’re comfortable with and already know how to use—which means that they won’t have to be trained to use their devices, will request IT support less frequently, and will potentially be happier and more productive.

A BYOD policy needs to be paired with IronOrbit Desktop Virtualization solutions in order to be successful, however.

The BYOD programs of businesses with onsite IT infrastructures or that sign up for hosted solutions from a company other than IronOrbit, in contrast, often fail to reduce costs; aren’t user-friendly; don’t encourage productivity; and aren’t sufficiently manageable, secure, or private.

One reason that this is the case is because the costs of setting up, supporting, and securing devices in a BYOD program are significant. Another reason that many BYOD policies not paired with IronOrbit Hosted Desktops fail is because many workers end up using their BYOD-associated personal devices to get around their company’s content filter.

An additional problem with BYOD is that it usually requires IT administrators to restrict, monitor, and impose changes on employees’ personal devices, actions that can end up reducing productivity and make employees feel as though their privacy has been encroached upon.

Why BYOD Programs of Businesses signing up for IronOrbit Desktop Virtualization will be more successful?

Hosted VDI

  • Our users retain their freedom-of-choice and privacy. IronOrbit Hosted Desktops can be accessed from anywhere with any Internet-connected device, including Windows and Mac OS laptops and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. In addition, we don’t monitor or put any restrictions on users’ actual devices.
  • Security and support services are included with our Hosted VDIs. All Ironorbit Hosted Desktops come with comprehensive security (firewalls, IDS/IPS, two-factor authentication, antivirus, and spam filter), 24x7x365 all-inclusive technical support, around-the-clock monitoring and maintenance, and complete daily backups.
  • Our Hosted Desktops have a built-in content filter. By default, our content filter prevents users from accessing inappropriate content or sites.
  • Our Hosted Desktops are cost-efficient. Even with the security and support services included, our Desktop Virtualization solutions cost only a low, flat monthly fee. In addition, keystrokes and mouse clicks are the only data being sent to our servers, and the streaming video that appears on users’ screen of their hosted desktop is the only data being sent back to users’ devices. As a result, the bandwidth costs associated with our Hosted Desktops are minimal.

Contact IronOrbit at or (888) 753-5060 to sign up for our BYOD-ready Desktop Hosting solutions or Hosted Applications today!

Why Deploy Sage 300 CRE with a Hosted VDI

To deploy the application Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate (also known as Sage 300 CRE or Sage 300 Timberline) in a way that’s cost-efficient, convenient, and that doesn’t sacrifice performance, security, reliability, or availability, construction companies should sign up for Hosted Desktops from IronOrbit.

IronOrbit Hosted Desktops are web-based IT solutions that appear and perform just like Windows desktop operating systems.

As with a Windows desktop OS, our Hosted Virtual Desktops can be used to run applications, save and open files, send and receive emails, and browse the Internet. Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate, like any Windows-compatible application, can be installed on and accessed from our Hosted Desktops.

In comparison with an onsite deployment of Sage 300 CRE, the advantages of deploying Sage 300 Timberline in tandem with an IronOrbit Hosted Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (or Hosted VDI) include:

  • Anywhere-accessibility. IronOrbit Hosted Desktops can be accessed from anywhere with any Internet-connected computer, tablet, or smartphone. Meanwhile, a locally-installed version of Sage 300 CRE can only be accessed from onsite PC workstations. Anywhere-accessibility is a requirement of any IT solution used in the construction industry, as managers and employees need to be able to access their files and applications from the work site; it’s also common for construction projects to involve partnerships between companies that don’t share the same building.
  • Increased cost-efficiency. All of our solutions are hosted on—and all of their processing and storage requirements handled by—the servers in our datacenters. As a result, IronOrbit Hosted VDIs don’t require the purchase of any onsite servers or the hiring of any on-premise IT personnel. They don’t require the purchase or maintenance of onsite PC workstations, either—more cost-efficient devices such as thin clients and old or refurbished PCs (as well as the laptops, tablets, and smartphones that employees paid for themselves and use at the workplace) can access our Hosted Desktops, too.
  • Better performance, security, and reliability. IT solutions used by companies in the construction industry have to perform well enough to support resource-hogging CAD and document management applications; secure enough to comply with the industry’s uncompromising data security regulations; and reliable to the extent of being available 24x7x365, as construction companies can’t afford a single minute of downtime when trying to meet their challengingly strict deadlines. Consequently, construction companies should select IronOrbit Hosted Desktops because they’re fast and responsive (applications on our Hosted Desktops perform as well as on high-end PCs); secure (with protections ranging from palm readers and closed-circuit video surveillance at our datacenters to firewalls, antivirus software, and spam filters); and reliable (we monitor and maintain our Hosted VDIs 24x7x365 and back them with a 100% uptime guarantee).

Meanwhile, the main advantage of hosting Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate with IronOrbit Hosted Virtual Desktops instead of deploying it as a standalone Hosted Application is that Hosted Desktops also allow users to access all of their other applications (Microsoft Office, CAD software, Microsoft Exchange, Internet Explorer, etc.) in addition to Sage 300 Timberline. (Businesses that aren’t interested in this feature can always sign up for a standalone Hosted Sage 300 Timberline from IronOrbit.)

To raise the efficiency and lower the IT costs of a construction company by deploying Sage 300 Timberline with IronOrbit Hosted Desktops, contact IronOrbit at or (888) 753-5060 today!