Microsoft Office 365

Remote Desktop Services

MICROSOFT Remote Desktop Services

If you are currently working in a Remote Desktop environment or are planning to do so within the next 3 years, Crayon – the licensing experts – are best placed to help you build the most efficient set-up. Our specialists will ensure you avoid paying twice for new licenses on expiry and cut out any redundant licenses, which you no longer need.  

As many organisations now take advantage of the increased productivity, flexibility and efficiency that comes from mobile working, it brings a new set of challenges to the modern workplace. Maintaining effective communication, and ensuring maximum network availability and productivity can become increasingly difficult. In order to help overcome these challenges, Remote Desktop Services are more prevalent than ever, and with that comes the need for Software Assurance. 

SOFTWARE ASSURANCE Unleashing the Productivity of Office with Software Assurance

Remote Desktop Services (RDS) remove the time-consuming and repetitive process of configuring and managing multiple PCs by centralising your IT estate and licensing through a single server.

When it’s time to renew or upgrade your software, you only need to renew a license or install an upgrade once, rather than repeating the process across every machine and device. If you are running an RDS environment without Software Assurance on your Office applications, your organisation could be vulnerable to large-scale compliancy issues.

Office applications such as MS Office, Project and Visio require Software Assurance on the application in order to be accessed from a remote server. An RDS environment without Software Assurance would require each machine or device to have a separate license for any application that its user requires access to, however Software Assurance allows the user to access the applications from third party devices outside of the corporate network.

This can be a particularly big issue for both Project and Visio, as users have the right to access these applications from any machine in their organisation. Effectively meaning every machine must be licensed regardless of how many are actually used to access the applications - the cost and time management implications of which can be staggering.

The Alternative Microsoft Office 365

Purchasing Office 365 on a per-user basis removes the headache, and a great deal of the cost, of purchasing and installing separate licenses per machine and allows every user to access the Microsoft suite of Office applications anytime from anywhere and on any device. 

Office 365 gives you all the benefits of mobility rights and more including:

Licenses: Ensure you always have access to the latest features and functionality of the Microsoft app suite with free upgrades as soon as they become available.

Reliability: Microsoft Online Services’ SLA includes 99.9% scheduled uptime. Microsoft has multiple datacenters located all over the world. Should there be a disruption at one, another can immediately act as a backup with as little service interruption as possible.

Compliance: Microsoft Office 365 is certified as compliant with ISO 27001 standards. Also completing SAS70 Type I and II audits and achieving the EU Safe Harbor seal. 

Compatibility: Office 365 not only supports Windows 7, 8 and Vista, but also Windows XP. Mac users can also easily access the Office 365 applications, via OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or 10.6 (Snow Leopard).

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