Skytap Announces SmartClient Remote Access Management

Skytap has just unveiled a new secure remote access feature, SmartClient, for its Skytap Cloud service.

Using SmartClient, customers can access Skytap Cloud virtual machines on any device, from smartphone through to laptop, via a new browser app, or a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client. Access is both simple and secure, the company promises.

Cameron Haight, Research Vice President at Gartner, commented: "As cloud computing becomes broadly adopted by enterprises, smartphone and media tablet users within these firms will also want access to these services in a familiar and on-demand manner."

"This is part of a continuing trend of the consumerization of IT - a trend that cloud service providers will need to keep in synch with that balances the needs of an increasingly mobile society while minimizing the risk to enterprises."

SmartClient's interface has been designed to make working with a large number of virtual machines (VMs) as easy as possible, with a toolbar that features common actions such as toggling to full-screen mode, or running/suspending VMs.

It's possible to switch between multiple VMs without having to leave full-screen mode, the company notes, and a new multi-VM view can be used to manage any number of VMs.

Keith Weisel, manager of application development at Dendreon Corporation, enthused: "SmartClient gives us increased flexibility and performance when working with the virtualized environments we've created in Skytap Cloud."

"This translates into a real advantage and increased capability for our staff to develop the applications we need to support business critical processes at Dendreon."