IT architecture is evolving rapidly away from applications installed on local PCs and connected directly to their data via the local area network, towards centrally installed applications accessed via remote desktops or as remote applications. The ultimate evolution of this brings in completely wireless devices, such as (even non Windows based) tablet devices and smart phones, always assuming these have suficient screen space to adequately display applications. These methods of access use Internet protocols, which means that the application server can be anywhere, from within the boundaries the NHS Trust, to a remote server theoretically anywhere in the world.
This return to a centralised architecture offers big benefits in performance, reliability and reduced support and maintenance.
Remote hosting via Microsoft® Terminal Services or Remote Application services removes the speed problems that can be apparent when geographically large local area networks, the norm for most NHS Trusts, are running data intensive applications directly connected to their database.
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With this increase in efficiency we can deliver further benefits. Experienced support staff can interact directly with your users to help with day to day questions on running Eclipse-fm ® and getting the best out of it. Instead of needing help with technical matters related to your network, we can work with you on-line to show you how to get the best out of Eclipse-fm® - all within the single comprehensive support contract.
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With a remotely hosted service you can just "run" Eclipse-fm®, taking all the benefits of better performance and greater reliability, and completely eliminating your need to provide any technical expertise, while saving on costs as well!
Hosting Eclipse-fm® at Asckey Data Services Ltd puts everything to do with your application in the direct care of a dedicated team of Eclipse-fm® experts.
By removing the need for experienced technicians to lose time in travelling around the country, any support that is needed can be provided far more efficiently, quickly and economically. If anything needs physically fixing, it is done at our premises, not on-site at a distant location.
Microsoft® Terminal Services can of course be used locally to provide significant benefits in performance, reliability, and reduced technical support needs. NHS Trusts are finding that implementing Eclipse-fm® on a centralised application server plus Terminal Services access from PCs provides all the benefits of improved performance and reduced maintenance mentioned above, particularly the one time update process rather than individual updates to multiple PCs..
Whether hosted remotely at Asckey Data Services Ltd, or local to the Trust, Application Hosting, running a Windows® Eclipse-fm® within a single server rather than on each individual PC can offer significant advantages in performance and running costs.
Remote Application Hosting is the next step which we will be offering in 2010.
Subtly different from the earlier Remote Desktop delivery, Remote Applications makes a remotely hosted application indistinguishable to the end user from a local application.
The remote application solution will become our preferred solution in 2010, but client PCs must be running at least Windows XP, as the service is implemented via Microsoft .Net available on XP and above.
Click here for a printable (PDF) data sheet covering Eclipse-fm® as a hosted service