I am an IT entrepreneur. I have always been, and I enjoy it. Creating solutions for real-world problems, making something that scales, that people can actually use – that is my passion, not my job. I was fortunate to be able to start and run my company Stratodesk and build a world-class product, NoTouch Desktop with a world-class team. NoTouch allows to repurpose PCs and operate and manage Thin Clients, let me explain that:
Stratodesk disrupts the “Thin Client” market – a certain segment in enterprise IT operations where people centralize their IT with the help of products from Microsoft, Citrix, VMware or move even over to cloud-hosted desktops. That means, the actual Windows operating system with all the apps like Office, browser, SAP, whatever, is running in a datacenter somewhere, not on the user’s desk. Screen contents are streamed to the user’s desk, while keyboard and mouse entries are streamed back to the server. So far so good.
The problem starts around what is there on the user’s desk. Obviously there must be “something” where you can plug in your monitor, your keyboard, your mouse. This something typically is a standard PC – with an old version of Windows – or a Thin Client, a dedicated hardware box, typically smaller in size. Both alternatives are just “ouch!” – If you still run your Windows, stripped down or not, locked down or not, why did you move everything to the datacenter in the first place? You have effectively doubled the number of Windows desktops in your organization, not solved the management nightmare, but spent a fortune on server hardware and software. On the other hand, if you’d like to go all the way to true Thin Clients, you end up paying even more – these boxes are not so cheap – and you might trash PCs with, say, 2 GHz, and getting Thin Clients with 1 GHz.
With Stratodesk I believe that there must be a third option. Essentially what we do is repurpose existing PCs, that means we install a lean and centrally manageable OS on PCs. We give a “Thin Client” experience without requiring people to buy Thin Clients, at a fraction of the cost. And if people’s PCs in the long term get too old or break down, customers are free to buy whatever hardware they want, PCs, Thin Clients of various brands, and NoTouch will still run on this new hardware. A legacy Thin Client manufacturer would have locked the customer into his platform while Stratodesk is entirely hardware agnostic.
I see the traction that Stratodesk is getting, in America as well as in Europe where we are active, mainly. Not speaking of the many customers that are happily using our platform, I believe Stratodesk is a valuable addition to the Server Based Computing / Virtual Desktop ecosystem.