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“Desktop virtualization is the best option for occasional teleworking”

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In the digital age, teleworking has become an increasingly popular option for companies and their employees. Whether from an internet cafe, a comfortable living room or a home office, telecommuting allows people to work from wherever they want. In addition to the convenience and flexibility it offers, telecommuting can also be a powerful tool for improving productivity and job satisfaction.

And yet ensuring quality teleworking means having the best tools. We have had the opportunity to talk about this with Félix Casado, CEO of Virtual Cable and who, among other things, tells us how virtual desktops are improving the way in which companies offer their employees new ways of working remotely .

[MCPRO] Do you think that teleworking is becoming a necessity for some workers?

[Félix Casado] Not only for some, but for a large part of the workers in our country. According to the latest ONTSI report entitled “Teleworking in Spain”, 84% of Spanish workers continue to demand more hours of teleworking and consider that the average percentage of teleworking in Spain should increase (35.6%), which is considerably lower. below other countries of the European Union such as France, Portugal, Italy or Belgium.

After the pandemic, workers, and also many companies, have discovered the many advantages of remote work, which has led many to demand certain days a week to telework or have the option of working from home on some special dates.

[MCPRO] Do you think that the number of companies offering teleworking to their employees on dates like Christmas is increasing?

[Félix Casado] Yes, among our clients we have seen significant growth in this trend. Employees have shown a strong interest in teleworking when certain important dates of the year approach, which have traditionally been related to holidays, such as Christmas, Easter, the summer months or in weeks with festive bridges.

More and more companies are facilitating these demands, as they help them retain talent, improve the degree of commitment and satisfaction with the company, and the productivity of their employees.

[MCPRO] What do you think are the main reasons why workers prefer to telework during these periods?

[Félix Casado] The reasons for preferring this type of work on these dates are numerous and varied. For example, conciliation is essential for those who have children, which is why they prefer teleworking at these times, since schools close and otherwise they would have to find someone who could stay with their children.

We must also take into account the geographical mobility of many workers, especially in large cities such as Madrid or Barcelona. These people who do not reside in their city seek to telework on these dates from their place of origin, especially when we talk about dates as familiar as Christmas. There are many other reasons, such as the high temperatures that are recorded in the summer months or even religious reasons, such as wanting to go to a procession.

[MCPRO] What do you think is the best way to offer this occasional telework?

[Félix Casado] Without a doubt, the best option is desktop virtualization. With VDI solutions, the desktop or applications are hosted in a virtual machine running on a server. This makes it easier for the user to access all the software they need to work through any device, at any time and at any time, which makes working hours much more flexible.

The employee does not depend on a specific physical device, they can use any terminal with a web browser to connect to their workplace. In addition, virtual desktops significantly reduce hardware and IT management costs, and increase the company’s energy efficiency, thus fostering a more sustainable work environment.

[MCPRO] How can the company obtain profitability from this type of work?

[Félix Casado] There are some intangible aspects, such as the fact that workers feel that the company cares about their well-being, offering them flexibility, possibilities for family reconciliation… which has been shown to increase employee productivity, which translates into better results for companies. Business.

The great advantage of implementing teleworking with a desktop virtualization solution is that profitability is not only obtained during the dates in which the employee works remotely, since, due to its multiple benefits, in more than 99% of the cases the VDI system becomes their daily work tool.

The centralized management of the entire IT environment from a single console, avoiding the displacement of personnel, the reuse of equipment, the acquisition of low-cost terminals that, thanks to VDI, provide maximum performance, or substantial energy savings, make them truly profitable solutions. At Virtual Cable we have customers who are registering a reduction in electricity consumption that is close to 75%, a truly significant figure, especially if we take into account the escalation in the price of electricity.

[MCPRO] What differentiates UDS Enterprise from its competitors to cover this need?


[Félix Casado] UDS Enterprise guarantees secure access to jobs from anywhere and from any device, thanks to the native integration of advanced mechanisms that allow compliance with the National Security Scheme (ENS), such as the Zero Trust system, multifactor authentication, encryption of end-to-end data…

Plus, it not only enables anytime access, it helps organizations monitor and control when employees log on, and even set access schedules. Our software is compatible with any technology and allows you to combine desktop and application virtualization and remote access to computers. This great flexibility makes it the only option that adapts to the specific needs, circumstances and requirements of each company and its workers. A strength that we have perfected even more with the launch of customized solutions for each sector. Thanks to UDS Enterprise, millions of people can telework on these important dates. We are proud to help a growing number of companies around the world to become more sustainable and to please their workers without losing profitability.

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EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S, new 24.1-inch professional monitor

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The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is a monitor aimed at professionals that mounts a 24.1-inch panel and has, as you may have imagined, a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. Its maximum brightness is 410 cd/m2, it has a contrast of 1,350:1, it reproduces 1,070 million colors and it is capable of covering the 99% of the Adobe RGB color space.

This EIZO model brings a series of clear improvements over the previous generation. Among the most important changes we can highlight the inclusion of a USB Type-C connector, that offers up to 70 watts of charge, and that we can use to charge a laptop while we use it with said monitor (simultaneous data and power).

Another important addition to the EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is that it comes with an adjustment report that measures the state of the screen at the time of shipment, a feature that previously it was only available on CG series professional monitors.

Maintaining its commitment to the environment, EIZO has eliminated any type of plastic from the packaging and materials that accompany the wiring. This monitor is also more efficient, as it It has a consumption of only 26 watts.

The rest of its specifications are completed with a response time of 19ms, it has DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, it has a USB Type-C connector, as we have already said, it has two USB 3.0 and it has two other USB 2.0 ports. we can use it both horizontally and verticallysomething that the most creative professionals will undoubtedly like.

This monitor is mainly aimed at content creators, designers, video and photo editors, illustrators and cartoonists. It is height, swivel and tilt adjustable, which translates into good ergonomics and great versatility when it comes to integrating into different work spaces.

The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S comes with a 5-year warranty covering each and every component, and is also subject to the zero bad pixel policy, which is covered for six months from the launch date. Taking into account the investment that we have to make to buy this monitor, it is totally normal, since its price in Spain will be around 800 euro.

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Microsoft Extends ESU Support for Windows Server 2008 and R2

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When an operating system ends its life cycle, Microsoft usually considers the possibility of offering extended support, which usually ends up being paid, or may be subject to some type of special condition. The latter is what has happened with Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, two operating systems that have ended their life cycle and are no longer supported in 2020.

The thing is that Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 still have a significant user baseand for this reason Microsoft has decided an additional year of support of the ESU type, acronym for “extended security updates”. This is good news for companies that still use the operating system, but it has one important condition, and that is that it will only be available to those who are Microsoft Azure customers.

This extended period of security updates will be active until January 9, 2024. If you are wondering if this will be a free program, I can tell you that it is not, and that Microsoft will bill it as it normally does with extended support programs.

In case you are wondering why so many professionals are still using Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 the answer is very simple, because in more than one case upgrading to a new operating system requires significant expenses that can derive from a hardware renewal, from a prolonged period of inactivity, from updating and developing new applications if necessary or from a little of everything that we have just said.

Microsoft has confirmed all the versions of Windows Server 2008 that will be able to benefit from this year of extended support, and we have listed them as is:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2).
  • Windows Embedded POSReady 7.
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7.
  • All Azure virtual machines (VMs) running Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 operating systems on Azure, Azure Stack, Azure VMWare Solutions, or Azure Nutanix Solution.

It does not seem that they are going to give more extensions once this is finished, so if your company is using any of those operating systems you should be clear that time is running out, and that in a matter of a year you will be tied to an operating system without support that could become a time bomb in terms of security.

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Apple will abolish the position of Head of Product Design

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The departure of Jonathan Ive from Apple was one of the most shocking news of 2019, not in vain are we talking about what was Head of Product Design in that company, responsible for some of its most successful products, and a professional who was part of the bitten apple company for more than 30 years.

It is true that at first there was no complete break between Ive and Applesince both continued to work together through an independent agency founded by the former executive, but in the end both parties decided to put an end to their adventure, and a final separation was confirmed last July.

The position that Ive left was filled by Evans Hankey, but we know that this executive also plans to leave the company in the coming months. What will happen then with the position of Head of Product Design? The normal thing would be to look for a new professional that lives up to that position, but according to a new report presented by Bloomberg it won’t be like that.

The apple company will abolish the position of Head of Product Design, and the product design team will report to and report directly to Apple’s COO, Jeff Williams. To avoid internal problems, Apple will give more important roles to the designers of key products for the apple company, but it seems that this has not been liked by everyone, and that some employees are upset with Apple’s decision.

The truth is that, if we analyze the situation that existed previously, it is not as important a change as it might seem at first glance. Evans Hankey acts as the liaison for the design team, but in the end it depended on Jeff Williams and had to answer to himso with this move Apple would be eliminating an intermediate position that in the end would not be “essential”, and would simplify the hierarchical structure of the product design team.

It is also important to note that this change reinforces the position of Jeff Williams, a high-profile executive at Apple who many see as Tim Cook’s possible successor. We’ll see how the situation evolves, and if Apple is really able to get on without a Head of Product Design.

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