Computer Replacement

The Challenge with Computer Replacement for Technology Refresh or Workforce Consolidation

Your company has older machines still in operation but they do not have the horsepower or memory to run new operating systems or applications efficiently. Until now, your only option was to buy new hardware and software, creating a huge budgetary mess and expense and sending hundreds of laptops and desktops to storage or landfill. Documented business cases have shown that an IT organization can save up to 75% in per-employee IT costs by issuing a hardware-encrypting Windows To Go live drive with repurposed older PCs and Macs and eliminate the need to purchase new laptops. An additional benefit results when the IT costs are reduced from enterprises assimilating other organizations, where the overall cost of integration can be markedly reduced by providing the SPYRUS Windows to Go solution as a common computing platform regardless of the brand, OS, form factor of the laptop or desktop it is plugged into.

How SPYRUS Helps

SPYRUS Windows To Go (“SWTG”) devices provide an outstanding solution for the challenges involved with supporting a cost effective technology refresh of older, less highly featured computing platforms. Documented business cases have shown that an IT organization can save up to 75% in per-employee IT costs by issuing hardware-encrypting drives such as the SPYRUS Worksafe Pro™ with repurposed older PCs and Macs and eliminate the need to purchasing new laptops. The SSD quality memory speeds coupled with the USB 3.0 interface can provide a 2-5 x improvement in performance over the existing rotating memory within the legacy platforms and with stronger security.

By replacing the more limited capabilities of older operating systems with the advances of Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, support for new cloud-based and collaborative communications and computing capabilities will be added as new productivity tools to further enhance machine life and value. With integrated SSD memory capacities of up to 512 GB (1 TB to be available later this year), the application reach and life of an older machine can be increased to include local data analytics, medical imaging analysis and graphic content design, applications which require both high speed performance of SSD memory and a very large capacity to mine data or create high resolution video and graphic art for industrial design, fashion design and gaming. In fact, the SPYRUS Windows To Go products have been tested with Windows 10 preview, proving additional “future-proof” capabilities for the legacy platforms. Some notable features are as follows:

Security for Data at Rest

SPYRUS Worksafe Pro and Secure Portable Workplace™ use an advanced XTS-AES 256 mode of encryption, totally transparent to the user while operating at SSD category speeds. It is the IEEE standard for full disk encryption and much stronger than using software based full disk encryption. For added protection without reducing performance, SPYRUS provides its Defense-in-Depth two-layer encryption protection by enabling optional   BitLocker software encryption, with the BitLocker passwords securely protected in the hardware encrypted memory partition. (SPYRUS Windows To Go Live Drives)

Mitigate Data Leakage and Malware Propagation

For teleworkers performing their duties by accessing cloud based applications or via remote portals, the SWTG devices provisioned for Read-Only provide strong cryptographic security for VDI and thin-client applications by eliminating persistent data changes to the data stored on the drives and also mitigate the persistent threats of exfiltration and malware propagation. (SPYRUS Windows To Go Live Drives)

Device and Data Management

All SWTG products are complemented by the SPYRUS Enterprise Management System (SEMS).   SEMS offers risk management via global, national and organizational control over those important corporate and personal IT information assets which have previously been confined and protected within the physical IT infrastructure of a facility, but now require protection as they travel the world within USB endpoint devices.   SEMS provides central management for SWTG drives with numerous policy driven functions including user access, device enablement/disablement, “kill” inoperability, group or user policy changes, audit recording, and password changes. The SEMS architecture allows an unlimited number of devices to be managed with facilities for multiple administrators based on organizational needs and policies. The persistent audit trail provided by SEMS permits the real time monitoring of an “Acceptable Usage Agreement” for BYOD support.

In-field updates and policy changes can be uniformly administered with SEMS and SCCM with common procedures rather than returning devices to a central “loan pool.”   SEMS ease of use is an important management and cost consideration in deploying scalable device management systems. Under SEMS, System Administrators primarily operate in a demand-based environment. SEMS allows them to take actions for control of devices based on user-driven operational help requests, threat circumstances, or organization-driven policy changes. (SPYRUS Enterprise Management System – SEMS)

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