IronKey for Windows To Go Case Studies

Windows To Go has many applications in the workplace. See below for case studies about organisations that used Windows To Go to make their workplaces better.

1. EUROPEAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SECURE VDI ACCESS

A prominent European federal government uses Citrix VDI running on terminals throughout their offices. They wanted to allow employees to work from home, but were concerned about the security implications.

CHALLENGES:

  • Create a hardened endpoint for VDI access
  • Budget constraints – laptops for all employees would be costly
  • Laptops or other software-encrypted endpoints would not be secure enough

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Extremely high security for endpoint access to the VDI and VPN environments
  • Flexible and enterprise-grade provisioning
  • Partner with encryption and certificate expertise

IronKey Workspace W500 will be deployed to allow employees to work from home. Employees will be issued an IT-provisioned W500 – only after authenticating to its hardware encryption can they access the VPN to tunnel into the VDI environment.

BENEFITS & RESULTS:

  • Employees can work from home using affordable and secure solution
  • IT can stipulate and control employee’s computer image and system access

2. EDUCATION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ENABLEMENT

This State Board of Education in the U.S. had always dreamed of providing computing capabilities to all students, but laptops were impractical. They needed an alternative that would be affordable, and rugged enough to survive student use.

CHALLENGES:

  • Enabling students with District-approved OS and applications, without cost of laptops
  • Rugged and waterproof solution to survive the rigors of student use
  • Simple and fast enough to provide a good user experience with minimal training

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Military-grade ruggedized and waterproof
  • High speed operation and high compatibility with a variety of home computers
  • Trusted supplier renowned for secure solutions

Selected IronKey Workspace W300 for deployment to all high school students. Ensures all students have a consistent, IT-provisioned system while allowing them the flexibility and mobility of using their own home computers.

BENEFITS & RESULTS:

  • Consistent, IT-provisioned computing environment for all students
  • Solution that can survive the rigors of student use
  • Student uptake is good – they are using the drives

3. EDUCATION AWARD WINNING BYOD INITIATIVE

A public school system in Baltimore, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia had been using drives from two IronKey competitors and found them too hot and slow to handle their needs. Microsoft recommended they look to IronKey for outfitting their net new employees and contractors with WTG devices instead of laptops.

CHALLENGES:

  • Staff perception; they had experienced issues with our competitor drives
  • Finding a cost-effective solution instead of deploying laptops to net new employees

REQUIREMENTS:

  • WTG drives had to be fast and not run ‘hot’
  • Drives had to work and not crash like other drives they used
  • Easy to use for employees to foster good experience when bringing on net new employees & contractors

The county won an industry award for its BYOD initiatives. With IronKey Workspace the county can now supply WTG devices to its new workers and contractors.

BENEFITS & RESULTS:

  • More cost-effective and affordable for limited public school system budget
  • Easy-to-use solution that meets the demands of the organization to get employees up and running
  • No user problems reported; drives are fast and run ‘cool’

4. TRAVEL CUSTOMER INFORMATION AT FINGERTIPS IN FLIGHT FOR CREW OF UNITED ARAB EMIRATES BASED AIRLINE

To ensure safe and enjoyable customer travel, the purser, who leads the cabin crew, leverages Windows To Go and a touch-enabled application with passenger and cabin crew data on a device they can carry through the cabin.

CHALLENGES:

  • Move customer information out of the galley and into the aisle where it is useful
  • Sufficient battery life to last an entire flight

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Highly intuitive and easy to learn and use
  • Secure encryption to protect customer data
  • Extremely high mobility

Tablet computers running Windows To Go enable pursers to provide immediate, personal service and better monitor cabin crews’ performance.

BENEFITS & RESULTS:

  • Improved customer service
  • Increased purser productivity
  • Enhanced teamwork among crewmembers
  • Improved cabin crew reviews

5. HEALTHCARE BUSINESS CONTINUITY

With more than 600,000 new transit customers filling the tube lines during the 2012 Olympics, this healthcare organization that serves the Wales and England region worried about their staff getting to work on time, if at all.

CHALLENGES:

  • Provide same standard of patient care and health services from anywhere
  • Access clinical data from outside the hospital
  • Deploy and manage like a conventional PC

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimize hardware costs associated with scaling occasional remote access
  • Easy-to-use: plug in, boot and go on clinician’s own computer

6. HEALTHCARE MULTIPLE USES CASES – EXECS, LOB, IT

This U.S. healthcare organization was looking to modernize their desktop experience while also reducing costs for vendors, contractors, telecommuters, and temporary mobile workers.

CHALLENGES:

  • Solution needed to fit multiple use case scenarios across the organization from Executives to contractors
  • For LOB – healthcare providers moving from room to room while delivering care
  • For Execs – flexibility between work and home PCs
  • For CorpIT – test use cases and vet additional solution options

REQUIREMENTS:

  • More secure computing environment critical to the healthcare industry
  • Consistent look-and-feel to enhance user uptake

Windows To Go enables the company to provide a streamlined look and feel that enhances the user experience while still meeting the security demands of the organization.

BENEFITS & RESULTS:

  • Increase in productivity
  • Ability to centrally manage
  • Secure computing environment protects highly confidential patient healthcare data

7. EDUCATION ENABLING BYOD

The Managed Desktop Services department provides groups with the user benefits of being in a well-managed Windows domain. They have enabled subscribing departments to migrate to Windows 8 when they choose and has kept staff current with the latest Windows operating system.

CHALLENGES:

  • Users wanted to use their own devices but did not want to accept the management of the devices by the University

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Devices must be encrypted and remotely manageable
  • Users need to work seamlessly while off campus – roaming experience must be similar to the workstation experience while on campus

Successfully addressed the requirements of BYOD while reducing laptop spend.

BENEFITS & RESULTS:

  • University cut capital spending on PCs by providing access to the managed desktop on a USB stick
  • WTG enables students and faculty to use their own devices to access necessary University resources
  • Provides a seamless computing environment