The rapid advancement in Smartphone technology has revolutionized the workplace, both inside and outside the office. At a conference and need a file from your office computer? Until recently, workers were at the mercy of someone printing that file and then faxing the hard copy to them. Or, if they had access to a PC they could get to the desktop via Citrix (GoToMyPC) and LogMeIn, which have provided this capability for years. Now, there’s an alternative in the palm of your hand: your cell phone. Simply tapping an app on an Android Smartphone gives remote workers access to their entire desktop and files.
The convenience of using a Smartphone for business is that the worker can view and manage almost everything on an Android as long as the home or office computer is logged in and the companion software has been installed. Once these two apps are downloaded on the respective devices, workers can, access features such as Adobe Photoshop to show a client a logo or brochure design or even make edits to a Word doc via the phone. And, the benefits don’t stop there. In addition to having unlimited anytime, anywhere access to a PC or Mac an Android Smartphone can:
• Access an entire computer with full video and audio support
• Use a preferred Web browser with Flash and all saved bookmarks
• Watch movies or play PC games
• Connect to multiple computers with the same app
• Interact with computer applications using intuitive touch controls
Mobility without the Worry
With the proliferation of new data and end-user packaged services and devices such as virtualization, cloud and remote access, there is, understandably, concern about security. Service providers offering cloud, virtualization, and remote access technology are under increased pressure to ensure that they have network architecture, systems and robust policies in place to safeguard against hacking, breaches, and malware. Whether users access remotely via their Android Smartphone, LAN or enterprise wireless network, the challenge is the same: guarantee security. Companies offering remote access apps realize that that they must not only address productivity, but also protect the applications while enabling secure access. Consequently, phone applications for remote access have features that address security SSL (TLS) and support Network Level Authentication.
The Smartphone has some additional advantages when using remote desktop. Data security is higher because the data resides on the cloud and not the actual Smartphone, lessening the risk of losing or compromising data. Also, in a remote or cloud setting, the end server does the work, which allows the worker to have phone applications that would have been too burdensome for the Smartphone’s CPU. Remote workers can also use their preferred business processes without overhauling the current systems, making business travel faster and easier.
Connecting with the Future
With the growing shift of using portable devices as the primary device in enterprise computing, end-users will demand more applications that enable remote access from their mobile devices, especially their phones. To support this growing trend, companies are adding features to phones that complement those on PCs, options such as local file storage, server address books, and secure password functions, RDP data compression and caching to save bandwidth, on-screen keyboard, and RDP performance tuning for network connection speed.
Ease of connection is probably one of the most understated benefits of using the Android Smartphone for remote access. Workers no longer need to tote a laptop or tablet and are not restricted to applications or environment. The entire desktop is instantly at their fingertips.
To learn more about using Remote Desktop from an Android phone, contact Infinitely Virtual by phone at (866) 257-8455 or visit www.InfinitelyVirtual.com.