Saturday, 21 July 2012

Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware Protection for Virtual Desktops

Not all anti-virus solutions are made equal. One player that continues to come up with solutions for the corporate is Kaspersky. For companies that wish to adopt VDI or Virtual Desktops, Kaspersky offer an agentless anti-malware approach to virtualisation.

Adopters of VDI realise the benefits include lower cost, rapid deployment, and fast ROI however there is still a need to protect those desktops from malicious attacks. In a mixed environment with VDI endpoints and physical machines you need an anti-virus and anti-malware solution to manage both and automate the process of how the protection is enabled.

When a new virtual endpoint is created, Kaspersky Lab’s solution promptly provides it with the necessary 

protection. The solution is automatically set up on VMware, Citrix VDI-in-a-box, Microsoft Remote Desktops and other types of virtual machines. The new endpoint is also automatically connected to the administration console. The solution can differentiate virtual endpoints from physical endpoints and unite them into separate groups, providing maximum convenience when working with a virtual infrastructure. Kaspersky Lab’s solution can randomise tasks for virtual endpoints based on one host system. 

Resourceintensive tasks can be performed by virtual machines at different times, optimising the load on system resources and getting the most efficient performance from a virtual infrastructure Kaspersky Lab’s solution can automatically detect non-persistent virtual endpoints and delete them from the administration console. This ensures the administrator has the very latest information about the security status of the corporate infrastructure.

Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Windows, in conjunction with Kaspersky Security Center 9, provides fast and easy protection for virtual endpoints, optimizing system performance and decreasing the administrator’s workload, meaning you can derive the maximum benefits of running virtual machines.

Cloud Solutions offer Kaspersky for Virtual Desktop protection.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

NAS Drive with Cloud Sync

The NETGear ReadyNAS is an excellent product and with the integration of Egnyte's Hybrid Cloud it offers a great solution for small to mid-sized organisations. Keep your files locally, yet safely backed up in the Cloud. Access your files from your iphone or ipad, or replicate to your home for off-site storage. Use a MAC or Windows PC. All are supported.

The performance of the NETGear ReadyNAS is very good. The ReadyNAS does not come with hard drives. This provides each business flexibility to purchase 2 x 500GB or may be 2 x 1T drives to place in the device. The device can be set up to mirror so if one disk fails the second is available and with Egnyte agent installed, all data is backed up and synchronised to the Cloud.

This is an excellent choice for small to mid-sized businesses needing central storage without the need to purchase larger servers or more Windows licenses.

NETGear ReadyNAS can be purchased in Hong Kong for around HK$4500 for the entry level device. Installing 2 x 500GB disks cost around HK$800 each. Egnyte starts around HK$800 per month including 1000GB of storage in the Cloud and integration to the ReadyNAS device. Contact Cloud Solutions for more details.

Another nice product from NETGear is their 3G/4G LAN Router. This provides your network a backup if the Internet connection is disconnected, the 3G/4G mobile network can be used by your company until the Internet connection is enabled again.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Migration of Outlook to Google Apps

More and more small to mid-sized businesses in Asia are looking to adopt Cloud Computing. The first step is often Email with a close second being file storage on-line.

The problems with using an Outlook POP account is well documented. For example, no backup on the user's workstation, no remote access, no ability to share contacts or calendars. Access via your mobile phone is also limited as nothing is in sync. You open a message in one location and it does not open in the other.  So no wonder adopting Cloud is of big interest to many smaller organisations.

Small companies are not penalised when adopting the Cloud. If you have 5 users or 200 users, the price, per user is the same. This is around US$5 per mailbox per month.  Both Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 are around this price.

With many people using Gmail for their personal email it is an easy move to migrate your complete company to Google Apps. You can transfer your company domain so your email address is and not

Google offer some great tools to help copy your existing emails in Outlook to your new secure Google Apps  account. Even if you are using a Mac and use Mac Mail, there are tools available to migrate you fully to Google Apps in the Cloud.

Continue to Use Outlook!

After the migration is complete each user is free to select to continue to use Outlook in full Sync mode with their cloud mailbox or stop using Outlook and use the Gmail client with the Chrome Browser. Of course Office 365 offers similar options. To use Outlook Online or to Sync the cloud hosted mailbox with Outlook.

Mobile Device Support

As Google own the Android operating system, which now runs many of the HTC and Samsung phones and tablets, there is no issue at all running your Gmail account on these device. For iphone fans Google uses the ActiveSync option to connect to your mailbox. This works fine. Both for Office 365 and Google Apps. 

Cloud Solutions has implemented hundreds of users of Google Apps over the recent years. If your company wants to move forward and adopt the Cloud, contact our team leaders for a proposal. Cloud Solutions is a Google Apps Reseller.