Case Study: Rapid Deployment of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure for Remote Work

SkinnyOffice works with a financial services company to quickly migrate their business systems to a cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure to comply with local health ordinances while maintaining data security & compliance for remote workers.

The Client

A Financial Services Company

A Los Angeles, CA financial services company with a 50 person staff is subject to a changing environment of local health ordinances. They needed to find a way to get all their staff working from home quickly while remaining compliant with industry regulations and not compromising on security. The solution needed to support a wide variety of devices and existing hardware their staff already had or would be provided by the company.

The Challenge

COVID-19 Crisis & Changing Local Ordinances

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a general “safer at home” order and our client had an immediate need to get its employees working from home. Staff needed to be able to collaborate and communicate online seamlessly without sacrificing security. The client wanted to be assured that the solution was not a quick fix that would need expensive replacement or maintenance in the near future as the length of the health ordinances was still unknown.

The Solution

Windows Virtual Desktop Infrastructure on SkinnyOffice Cloud

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Windows Virtual Desktop

Windows Virtual Desktop is a set of technologies that enables IT professionals and Managed Service Providers to create Windows 10 virtual desktops in the cloud. The client application can run on desktops, mobile devices, and tablets with a free client application.
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SkinnyOffice WorkSpace

A fully managed private cloud IT infrastructure organized around Windows Virtual Desktops with IT Security Services, Communication Services, and Collaboration Capabilities in one convenient and fully supported package.
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SkinnyOffice Cloud

Extend existing on-premises deployments or move one hundred percent to the cloud. Create and deploy secure digital workspaces in hours, not weeks, while placing your sensitive app, desktop, and data resources on any cloud or hybrid cloud.

The Results

Achived Compliance & Enabled Remote Work

When the client heard what might be happening on Wednesday they reached to SkinnyOffice and began their free consultation so we could work out a fast action plan. When the order finally came on Friday we worked diligently to deploy our solution was serving 50 employees working from home by Monday.

All the client’s 50 users were able to run their core business applications and the Office Suite to begin working from home with virtually no interruption, using their existing BYOD hardware and hardware sent home with employees. All while the company’s privacy and security are maintained.

The Benefit

Scalable & Secure Work From Anywhere Technology

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Data Security

The most important aspect of a hosted virtual desktop is data security. Hosting desktops on the cloud ensures an advanced level of security as the cloud hosting provider implements multiple security practices including encryption intrusion detection & protection systems (IDPS), multi-level authentication, and redundant servers and backups in different geographical locations.

Device Portability

Virtual Desktop enables you to use portable devices such as laptops, smartphones, or tablets to access your desktop. The service is platform-independent so you can do so from any device, irrespective of its platform, all while enforcing security & policy on these remote devices. Run your critical business applications from Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux, or any device with an HTML5 browser.

Reduced Expenses

By utilizing cloud resources there is reduced upfront costs in needing to deploy new hardware. Manage your hardware and software requirements for each remote worker. Remote updates and maintenance reduce ongoing IT costs and utilization of the SkinnyOffice Cloud allows your organization to quickly scale as needed, adding new cloud resources with a click of a mouse.

With the SkinnyOffice Managed Services, we continue working with our customers to ensure they remain compliant and secure. As policies evolve, as you shift to comply with local ordinances we adapt your technologies so you can always focus on what matters most: your business. We offer free consultations and would be happy to help you achieve your IT goals.