What is Network Computing and how does it work?
Network Computing utilizes a central server, a network, and thin-clients that setup individual workstations. The workstations are the "computers" that users can use just like a normal computer. The only differenece is that all of the work and applications are being handled and processed by the server instead of a traditional stand alone computer. This methord of computing is not only cheaper to achieve a "per user" workstation, but also benifits the individual users since each workstation can utilize the processing power of a server. No matter which workstation a user logs into, all of their files, applications, and preferences will be there for them to use.
How does the installation of Network Computing work?
Ohava knows that prolonged system downtime is unnacceptable. We take all of the necessary configuration and options to make sure the transition to network computing goes as smoothly as possible. In most cases, the installation of Network Computing can take place alongside your traditional environment so there is no disruptions. We also make sure that the system is pre-configured prior to doing the physical installation, so that once the network is in place your system is ready for immediate use. A Network Computing installation timeframe can be complete in 1 business day for an average installation.
Can I use my old applications such as Microsoft Office with Network Computing?
The short answer is yes. However, you will probably come to find out that there is an Open Source application that can meet all of your everyday tasks, and we will make sure to address all of your software needs during the process for getting you started with Network Computing. For those situations where your organization has custom software or a "must have" piece of software, we are able to accommodate them in one of the following ways. The first is emulation. Emulation allows certain applications to be installed within your computing environment. You can access your software just like you would any non-Linux based application. The second is virtualization. Virtualization installs a "guest" operating system that runs on top of the "host" Linux environment. Virtualization gives you the ability to access this guest OS (Such as Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 7) and have all of the control you would as if you were using it natively, with a few minor exceptions.
What happens if the server goes down?
The server is the very heart of the Network Computing platform. We take several measures to ensure that the server remains operational and is a reliable solution. The servers themselves are built on hardware designed to withstand always-on and intensive operation, moreso than a traditional desktop computer. We also take additional measures to ensure the reliability of your environment including RAID hard drive configuration for failsafe of data, Remote Administration, Online Backups, and UPS power management.