Ericom Software, a leading global provider of application access and virtualization solutions, and Quest Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: QSFT), a leader in IT management solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, today announced that Kingston University has acquired AccessNow to empower its 27,500 students and staff with access to some of its 1,000+ applications, including virtual and session-based desktops and applications published through Quest® vWorkspace — from any location and from any device.
In acquiring AccessNow and embracing the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, Kingston seeks to make Quest vWorkspace managed desktops, and the University’s entire student online learning environment, accessible from the widest variety of end point device types possible. This includes from Chromebooks, over 7,000 workstations (PC, Mac, and Linux), iPads, laptops and more.
“We believe HTML5 technology is the future,” says Kingston University Technical Architect, Daniel Bolton. “We want to make our systems as accessible as possible from every device possible.” Bolton added, “AccessNow – Ericom’s HTML5 RDP client – enables us to reach more users in different ways. If a user needs a quick, simple way to connect to a Quest vWorkspace desktop comprising core, good old-fashioned Microsoft Office and software like IBM® SPSS®, or to other inline applications, from whatever device, Ericom AccessNow is the best way to do that. This is especially true now that we’re beginning to see more and more students with the Google Chromebook wandering about campus.”
Brian Berns, Ericom Software’s President and COO commented: “We’re extremely pleased that Kingston University has chosen AccessNow as a complement to their Quest vWorkspace deployment. The combined features and functionality of both solutions moves Kingston closer to their goals of device-independence and the non-managed desktop devices, by providing a complete, scalable solution that unifies access to their entire arsenal of Windows-based content and Web applications from every location and every device.”
“We are delighted that Kingston University has selected AccessNow to extend the reach of virtual Windows desktops and applications managed by Quest vWorkspace to a new wave of devices and access models,” said Jon Rolls, Vice President of Product Management for User Workspace Management at Quest Software. “By supporting all HTML5-capable devices and browsers, AccessNow and Quest vWorkspace will give Kingston students and faculty instant access without any agents or plug-ins, accelerating the adoption and reach of desktop virtualization.”
Ericom AccessNow provides the following IT benefits:
- Runs entirely within a browser — working natively with Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox and any other browser with HTML5 and WebSockets support.
- Runs on PCs, netbooks, Google Chromebooks, iPad / iPhone, Android tablets and smartphones, thin clients and supports Intel x86, ARM or any other CPU architecture
- Looks and works the same way on all supported device types, thus reducing training and help desk costs
- Lowers IT workload – IT staff do not have to manage or maintain separate product versions and updates for an ever-increasing variety of end-user devices; an HTML5 browser that supports WebSockets is all that is required.
- Simple, easy and inexpensive to maintain – does not require any infrastructure for deployment, upgrades or patches – simply put new version on the server
- Integrates with homegrown and enterprise portals
For more information about Ericom AccessNow for Quest vWorkspace, visit: http://www.ericom.com/AccessNowForQV
For a live demo, visit: http://Quest.EricomAccessNow.com
For more information about Quest vWorkspace, visit: http://www.Quest.com/vWorkspace
With more than 25,000 students, Kingston University is the largest provider of higher education in south west London, offering an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes both in the United Kingdom and overseas. The University is renowned for teaching excellence, has established itself as a growing force in research and is a pioneer in e-learning. The Sunday Times has praised Kingston’s record for teaching quality for positioning it “among the best in the modern university sector”.
Quest Software (Nasdaq: QSFT) simplifies and reduces the cost of managing IT for more than 100,000 customers worldwide. Our innovative solutions make solving the toughest IT management problems easier, enabling customers to save time and money across physical, virtual and cloud environments. For more information about Quest solutions for administration and automation, data protection, development and optimization, identity and access management, migration and consolidation, and performance monitoring, go to http://www.Quest.com.
Ericom Software is a leading global provider of Application Access and Virtualization solutions. Since 1993, Ericom has been helping users access enterprise mission-critical applications running on a broad range of Microsoft® Windows® Terminal Servers, Virtual Desktops, legacy hosts and other systems. With offices in the US, UK, EMEA, India and China, Ericom also has an extensive worldwide network of distributors and partners. Our expanding customer base is more than 30 thousand strong, with over 7 million installations. For more information about Ericom and its products, please visit http://www.Ericom.com.