-- Ericom's AccessNow clientless HTML5 RDP solution provides students with browser-based access to hosted Windows applications from school-owned Chromebooks as well as personal laptops, iPads, iPhones, Androids and other smartphones and tablets
CLOSTER, New Jersey, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ericom Software, a global leader in application access and desktop virtualization solutions, today announced that Bradford Central School District in New York chose Ericom AccessNow, an HTML5 RDP client, to provide K-12 students with browser-based access to hosted Windows applications from school-owned Chromebooks, as well as students' personal laptops, tablets and smartphones. The School District selected AccessNow over the competition based on ease of use, cross platform flexibility and cost effectiveness.
Ericom AccessNow runs entirely within any HTML5 compatible browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer, therefore working on Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Mac and Linux, in addition to Windows. There is no installation of software on the end-user device, which significantly reduces IT staff support costs. This makes AccessNow an ideal solution for Bradford and other K-12 school districts that seek to implement BYOD, 1:1 programs or other technology initiatives to provide students with cost-effective and easy access to Web/Windows based applications and desktops from home and school.
Jeff Tham, Technology Coordinator for Bradford Central School District says: "The biggest obstacle we ran into was that we have a handful of apps that cannot run on our Chromebooks, the most important of which is a Windows-based typing program called Typing Master. Additionally, our students also need access to other Windows legacy applications such as Internet Explorer, Office Suite and possibly even Adobe PhotoShop."
AccessNow's support for a variety of devices was an important factor in Bradford's decision. "AccessNow definitely met all our requirements because of its ability to do cross-platform," mentioned Tham. "Just because we're doing it primarily for Chromebooks doesn't mean that down the road we wouldn't come in from tablets or smartphones. We had looked very briefly at a Citrix solution but it wasn't really tailored to what we wanted. I really wanted a clientless solution that wouldn't require a huge manual for kids to connect in. Plus Ericom's offering was certainly much more cost-effective."
Brian Berns, Ericom Software's President and COO commented: "Bradford Central School District has joined a growing list of schools, school districts and universities that have chosen AccessNow to help implement BYOD, 1:1 computing and Chromebook deployments. These K-12 districts and universities are discovering that AccessNow is a flexible solution that enables students and staff to access Windows applications and desktops from a wide range of devices. It's also a solution that's easy to deploy, so it minimizes the burden on IT staff while fitting their budgetary requirements."
- Works on Chromebooks, iPads, Android tablets, smartphones, and on Windows / Linux PCs and Macs, netbooks and ultrabooks.
- Looks and works the same way on all supported device types, thus reducing training and help desk costs.
- Simple, easy and inexpensive to maintain - does not require any infrastructure for deployment, upgrades or patches – simply put the new version on the server.
- Integrates with the Ericom Secure Gateway, which can be used with or instead of a VPN or an SSL VPN.
- Gives students and faculty the mobility to access Windows and web-based instructional, e-Learning, collaboration and productivity apps, e.g. Microsoft Word / Excel - from anywhere (school, library, home, lab or field)!
- Enables access to Education websites and systems (e.g., ALEKS) and web applications (e.g., MAP TAA) not supported by Chrome (those requiring Java or ActiveX).
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Ericom Software is a leading global provider of Application Access, Virtualization and RDP Acceleration 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. Ericom has offices in the United States, United Kingdom and EMEA. Ericom also has an extensive network of distributors and partners throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Far East. Our expanding customer base is more than 30 thousand strong, with over 7 million users. For more information about Ericom and its products, please visit: http://www.ericom.com
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