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Ericom Gives Antioch Univeristy's BYOD More Access
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January 27, 2014

Ericom Gives Antioch Univeristy's BYOD More Access

By Michael Guta
TMCnet Contributing Writer

The high ownership of smart mobile devices is allowing organizations to take advantage of many of the features this technology provides. With bring your own device (BYOD) policies increasingly becoming part of many organizations, it is now possible to access the network whether they are working at the office or anywhere else. The application of BYOD in educational settings is especially important to provide students access to the resources they need 24/7 no matter where they are. With that in mind, Antioch University has implemented a BYOD platform that will give its students a browser based access to IBM's SPSS (News - Alert) predictive analytics software and other Windows applications.

The university selected Ericom Software, a provider of application access and desktop virtualization solutions, to supply its AccessNow and PowerTerm WebConnect solutions. With the implementation of these solutions students will be able to access the resources of the university using mobile devices, laptops, and desktops with Android, iOS, Linux, Mac or Windows operating systems.

The PowerTerm WebConnect is able to connect with many different platforms including Microsoft (News - Alert) Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Servers), desktop virtualization (VDI), web applications, cloud services, and legacy host systems with a secure and centrally managed access to applications, content, and files. The PowerTerm WebConnect family is available in several editions including: Enterprise; RemoteView; for WS08 R2 – with free enhancements; DeskView and HostView.

"A lot of students use SPSS. We did not want to force them to come into the campuses to access the program; instead, we wanted to enable students wherever they are, and using any device, to be able to access the program," said Chancelor C. Chao, Technical Director at Antioch University.

AccessNow uses a pure HTML5 RDP client to provide fast browser-based access to Windows desktops and applications on any device and from anywhere. Because it doesn't have client software to install or manage, it lowers IT support overhead while solving many of the problems associated with BYOD implementations. It supports any HTML 5 browser on any platform with clientless access without the need for Java, Flash, Silverlight or any other underlying technology installed on the end-user device.

"We are pleased to be a part of Antioch's philosophy of bringing education to the student, making learning more accessible from anywhere and on any device. PowerTerm WebConnect with AccessNow's HTML5 capabilities provides an ideal solution for extending the learning environment beyond the campus as well as for implementing BYOD programs," said Ilan Paretsky, Ericom Software's VP of Marketing.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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