Service lets schools save time, money by delivering Windows apps to devices directly from the cloud

mainframe-cloudA new visual cloud platform that runs Windows applications in the cloud could have big implications for school and district IT staff.

The solution from Mainframe2 enables Windows apps–from basic productivity and learning software to high-end graphics tools–to be installed and configured to run inside a browser in less than 10 minutes.

It aims to simplify app delivery and management by installing apps just once and centrally managing them on Mainframe2’s platform through an easy-to-use, web-based admin interface. Mainframe2 runs applications on servers in the cloud and delivers the user interface to browsers as a video stream.

The service also connects to third-party components, such as Dropbox for cloud storage, so that both apps and data reside in the cloud.

Next page: District IT leaders react to the cloud platform

“As a school district that has to watch every dollar, we love Chromebooks, but ChromeOS doesn’t run Windows programs. We needed a way to deliver apps that don’t run on Chrome and had been using Citrix in this role, but it couldn’t satisfy our needs,” said Donald Clifton, technology coordinator with Northwestern Local Schools in Wooster, Ohio.

“When we heard about Mainframe2, it seemed like a great option to provide Autodesk Inventor to our students. Northwestern Local Schools is excited about the new possibilities that can be unleashed for our students with this new cloud-based technology.”

“Students and teachers have been central to our vision of making the best apps accessible to everyone, everywhere,” said Dr. Nikola Bozinovic, founder and CEO of Mainframe2.

“Schools are already benefiting greatly from having access to first-class web apps, like Gmail. Our cloud platform extends this concept to thousands of Windows apps. School IT admins can now deploy and manage all of their Windows apps from one place, without an expensive data center to manage and cumbersome VDI to operate. It’s a huge barrier to broad adoption of inexpensive end points, like Chromebooks, that we’re eliminating today.”

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