ANS launches Cisco Powered Managed Workspace Service


This week sees the launch of ANS’ Cisco Powered Managed Workspace Service at Cloud Expo Europe in London, UK. The service is available as a Cloud-based solution or a Fully Managed on-premise solution and has been in development for two years.

The Manchester-based Managed Infrastructure Specialist ANS has been a long-time partner of networking giant Cisco and the solution, which was subjected to Cisco’s rigorous Master Service Provider audit, is thought to be the first of its kind in Europe.

Paul Shannon, ANS’ Managing Director of Managed Services, said: “The market is looking for user centricity and we have invested a significant amount of time designing a solution that is much more than a traditional desktop. The service we have developed encompasses the very latest technology and delivers everything from user personalisation to performance SLAs – and it just works.”

A key feature of ANS’ Managed Workspace Service is the unique self-service portal and app store that can be accessed from any browser, allowing easy use of workspace and application management tools. The portal guarantees a streamlined experience by enabling the easy creation and management of user workspaces and the quick deployment of applications to individual users. On the Service, user data and applications are readily available thanks to ‘follow-me-data’ capability, which allows users to access data where and when they need it.

The growing trends of mobile working and remote data access needs have generated valid concerns around data security and accessibility; however, the Managed Workspace Service provides a more secure way to manage corporate data than traditional desktop models, as data is stored centrally in the datacentre rather than on end-user devices. This ensures that policy-controlled access to the network is maintained and allows devices to be remotely wiped if necessary.

Paul Sweeney, ANS’ Managing Director, commented: “There is no denying that the size of the Workspace opportunity is in the billions worldwide, and what we are finding is that our customers want a local partner who can help them with the transition and offer a hybrid approach to their future IT requirements.”