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What are Virtual Apps? Increase Security & Mobility with Virtual Application Delivery

Wouldn’t it be nice to allow your whole team to access your office software without needing to download a single copy on any device? How about having the ability to securely control an application at the source, not having to rely on users remembering to install patches or updates?

That’s what virtual apps are all about. App virtualisation isolates applications from the underlying operating systems and allows them to be deployed effectively across multiple devices and eliminates potential end-point conflicts.

Cost-Saving Virtual App Example

An example of the cost savings of Citrix Virtual Apps would be in the design and manufacturing arena. A company using several desktops with CAD software for 3D modeling can save significantly by utilizing app and desktop virtualisation instead.

This would reduce the need for multiple physical workstations, while enabling the 3D application to be accessed from any device, not just a few workstations, without any expensive software needing to be loaded onto each one. More efficient, more flexible, and for less cost.

Building a Successful Secure Framework

FutureRange has been working with Citrix technology for over two decades and we’ve helped over 12,000 clients benefit from app and desktop virtualisation. There’s a reason that 99% of Fortune 500 companies choose the Citrix platform, it’s reliable, secure, and through features like virtual apps, allows their company to do more for less cost.

How exactly can virtual apps transform your business and increase productivity? We’ll go through the benefits more in detail next.

How App Virtualisation Can Help Compliance, Flexibility & More

With office workflows moving to flexible cloud-based environments at the same time that data breaches seem to be in the news regularly, it’s no surprise that security is a top concern when it comes to cloud computing.

41% of companies have more than 1,000 sensitive files that aren’t properly protected (Varonis)

Data security compliance rules are only getting stronger as the risks seem to get greater. 70% of organizations believe IT security risks have increased over the years.

Cybersecurity is one key way that virtual apps can reduce corporate risk. They also greatly increase collaboration and mobility. Here are key ways your business can benefit this year by using virtual apps for your workflows.

Reduce User Error

When you have multiple copies of an application deployed across multiple staff devices, ensuring that patches are applied and any new compliance protocols are in place can be challenging. It’s projected that through 2022, at least 95% of cloud security failures will be the users’ fault.

Citrix Virtual Apps, reduce the risk of user error by giving you one central place to manage app settings at the server level. This allows all security updates to be delivered to your users automatically, leaving no “holes” in your application security layers.

Lower IT Application Costs

Citrix Virtual Apps can reduce the costs related to application management by up to 50% and give users a better experience. Virtual apps provide the same end experience whether they’re running on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android, reducing user frustration. IT management costs are lower, because you’re not having to maintain multiple different downloaded copies of a software, but rather just a single version.

Increase Office Mobility

There are several key benefits with the move to office mobility and being able to run your office and access your applications and data from any device, no matter where it is. Some of these include:

  • Business continuity
  • Improved disaster & data recovery
  • Ability to hire talent without geographical limits
  • Flex-working opportunities
  • Faster response times for customers
  • Ability to work from anywhere
  • Increased productivity

Deliver a Consistent Experience Across Any OS

Have you ever run across an issue with an application working great on one operating system, but being “buggy” on another? With application virtualisation, you’re able to deliver the same consistent app experience across multiple operating systems, which means you’re not locked into a specific type of hardware or software.

This also makes it much easier to have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy when it comes to employee mobile devices, since you’ll be able to ensure multi-device compatibility with your work applications.

Manage Compliance Easily

If you’re subject to data privacy regulations for sensitive information like customer credit cards or patient health records, compliance can be complicated if you’re trying to manage multiple pieces of software on different devices that can all access your records.

By deploying a virtual app environment, you’re able to control access from multiple end-points at one master location. This gives you the ability to grant or revoke access to a device in a few keystrokes and monitor access to sensitive files, making compliance monitoring much easier.

Learn More about Virtual Apps & How to Use Them!

Would you like a free demonstration of Citrix Virtual Apps and how it works? Our FutureRange Team would be pleased to give you a demo and answer all your questions about this cost-saving technology.

Contact us today at +353 1 2960 560 to schedule your Virtual App Demonstration.

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