Many of us have changed the way we work over the last 18 months (thank you, Covid-19!). During the 2020 lockdown, AaSys experienced a spike in requests for Terminal Server configurations and installation. This solution may have seemingly increased the complexity of networks. To the application servers, switches, and firewalls, we now added a Terminal Server. But how did this solution make working remotely more efficient? With a Terminal Server solution, employees can work from anywhere on any device. Below is some general background on terminal servers and how they may benefit your environment.
A terminal server is a server that allows multiple users to simultaneously connect to a single server in individual sessions. Once connected to your network, end users connect to the Terminal Server via a Remote Desktop Session. This configuration aids data loss prevention by allowing remote users to connect to this server and operate while maintaining your sensitive information within your network. A Terminal Server can improve efficiency by having necessary software pre-installed, replacing the process of having to manually configure an individual workstation for each employee. It also improves security by allowing for a single server requiring routine patching or software updates versus an individual machine for each user. Due to the reduced hardware footprint, it is also possible that a hardware cost savings could be realized.
Think of it like this: a Terminal Server is a throwback to the computer mainframe days. When working on a Terminal Server, all of your data doesn’t flow from your desktop to the server. Instead, your data is compressed to mouse clicks and screenshots. This helps to optimize the speed at which you can work.
What are the benefits of a Terminal Server?
Like most things IT the goal is to make processes streamlined and easier. Having a Terminal Server does just that. Here are some key benefits:
- Having access anywhere at any time. This is one of the most important factors of a Terminal Server. Working in a traditional office for some is no longer an option or necessary. The Terminal Server allows individuals to continue their daily routine despite their location.
- Security. Network administrators have the ability to monitor activity and lockdown files and access if needed.
- Reduced chances of malware attacks. Because software applications are not installed on an individual device and are centrally hosted instead, it cuts down on chances of an actual desktop computer being targeted with malware or viruses.
- One-stop shop. The installation of the application only happens once, and everyone will receive the upgrade simultaneously.
Hardware lifespan has the potential to be extended. Because all the processing is done through the server, the impact to the actual desktop is minimal allowing the organizations to hold on to hardware longer, which in turn can have a positive impact on IT budgets.
If you would like to learn more about how terminal servers can assist your organization, contact your Account executive today!