We have posts showing off the particular features, we have the guides to setting things up quick and smooth, and we praise the technical advantages Winflector confers. This is all true and as a user you will directly or indirectly benefit from them. The most relevant thing, however, is that you want to know how you can use the software to get things done.
This article does exactly that. It provides a high-level overview of the common uses of Winflector.
Virtualizing and centralizing apps (or simply providing remote access)
Centralization means that your applications can be run in a central location, therefore simplifying deployment, allowing redundancy (as in, if one server fails, another one can pick up the work) and all the organizational improvements that come with a high-quality data center. Virtualization means that your applications will run in an environment managed by Winflector, improving security and reducing the configuration workloads.
In practice, this means that you have one place to manage and run the apps, and can use them from anywhere. This might be a small company that runs two stores installing their sales software only in one location and using Winflector to access it from the other. It is also often used by doctors that see patients in multiple locations to keep the patient data centralized and compliant with regulations. A bigger company will often use Winflector to save on hardware and deployment costs and just use Winflector to access the software located in the main office, where their best IT and technical staff is located.
This also makes it way faster to set up a new branch office or move an existing one. All the necessary applications are available instantly and the Winflector clients can deploy automatically.
Cut licensing costs on both the applications and remote access software
There are two ways the savings can come and they can get massive. First of all, depending on the application in question, you might save on software licenses. A lot of software only needs to be purchased once to be ran on one machine, and this is completely in line with the Winflector usage. If you’re expanding and would need to buy 20 licenses of some desktop software for $150, you can often just get a 20-user Winflector server, pay under $60 per license, netting you a $1800 in direct savings, and possibly save on hardware as you only need the power to support a thin client and not a fully-fledged app.
Winflector licenses for simultaneous devices, so if you have 50 employees but estimate that no more than 30 will be using an app at a given time (for instance, due to them being in different timezones), you only need to buy 30 licenses. No named licenses which tie to a particular user, unlike some other vendors.
There’s more goodies. Most likely, your current remote access/virtualization software is both way more bloated and more expensive than Winflector. Let’s take the Citrix XenApp Fundamentals for 5 named users. As of 20th Feb 2015 it costs $1,245 for 5 named users, while you can get 5 simultaneous devices with Winflector for $350. The savings are obvious, and switching to Winflector is neither difficult nor takes a lot of time. Winflector doesn’t use the RDP technology.
Get your desktop apps running in the cloud (and on the web)
You have a great desktop application. It just works and you have better things to do than remaking it to be a webapp or enhancing it with cloud and load balancing support. This way you can just use Winflector to provide this functionality for you and have the app working remotely on any kind of client device, as well as in any HTML5 enabled browser!
Enable your customers to work remotely on your application
You can bundle the Winflector Server with your application for local publishing at your customer’s site, and use thin Winflector clients to access it on the endpoints. As a bonus, you’ll be eligible for an additional partner discount.
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