Userful Desktop: Cloud managed and locked down computers
Whether you are a library or health care center, Userful Desktop is a software as a service desktop computer solution for public computing environments. Turnkey and ready to go out of the box, it is locked-down and includes a full suite of public computing features and end user software. Managed through the cloud by Userful, it requires no local IT management.
Power multiple desktops through one server using energy conserving zero client devices, saving you up to 80% on hardware costs, plus reduced software and electricity costs. Userful Desktop also allows organizations to provide a desktop environment with a variety of features and applications available to meet every patron's need.
Customizable desktops and applications
Patrons can take advantage of a variety of desktop workstations with applications to meet the unique needs of each user. Administrators can customize desktops for kids with fun and educational games, workstations with large print for users with visual impairment and job-seeking stations with office applications and links to job banks, among many others.
Secure, locked-down computing experience
With many patrons using one public computer in a day, it's important to provide the proper security to each user. Only administrators have access to change desktops and can create unique sessions for each patron that resets for the next user. Desktops can also be configured to have limited browser access and secure internet browsing for children.
Features to meet every patron's needs
Userful Desktop allows any organization to add on a range of software features to improve efficiency and productivity of desktops. Features include timed computing sessions, pre-booking stations, print management, and cost-recovery settings.
Simply manage from the cloud
Power up to twenty desktops, touch screens or digital signs that are all centrally managed from the cloud. Administrators can make changes to the look and functionality of any or all desktops from any device through a browser-managed control center, or pull usage reports to see how desktops are being used.
Centralized computers and kiosks
Userful Desktop managed computing solution uses a standard, central computer with client hardware and software to create up to twenty desktop computer stations. The system delivers a locked and secure desktop, complete with a full suite of software that works online or offline.
High performance with rich multimedia
The Public desktop computer stations perform just like regular computers and can even support playing high definition videos, typing documents, building presentations, or using a variety of applications at each station.
Intuitive desktop with safe web browsing
Each desktop has an intuitive look and feel with a custom suite of apps to suit your patrons' needs.
Include familiar office suites
LibreOffice software, a full open source office suite, is included with the Linux operating system. LibreOffice is a multilingual office suite that is compatible with Microsoft Office, which can also be installed on the desktops.
Administrators can easily create a series of custom desktop profiles designed with applications to suit different types of users based on age, or usage need.
As a managed solution, Userful Desktop requires no technical support, updates, upgrades or maintenance from onsite staff. It is entirely self-updated and maintained through the cloud.
Extend functionality with a range of software add-ons to meet the specific need of any organization. Add-ons include:
Safe web browsing
A password protected Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) Compliant filter enables organizations to provide a content-safe internet browsing environment.
Immune to viruses
Userful Desktop public computing platform is based on a Linux distribution and viruses simply cannot execute or multiply, making Userful Desktop immune to viruses.
Built on Userful's virtualization platform, Userful Desktop can run on a single server with 10 or more desktops connected either with USB or with LAN-based client devices. Userful desktop can also be run on stand alone PC's allowing organizations to get the benefit of a locked down, cloud managed desktop without buying new hardware.
Only administrators can install software or change the desktops. The desktop computer stations automatically reset when a public computer session ends without needing to restart the station.
Manage from the cloud
Userful's Cloud Management portal (http://manage.userful.com) allows a single administrator to manage up to thousands of desktop computer stations located anywhere in the world all from a browser. Easily set usage permissions, control the look, feel and functionality of all desktops. Easily pull usage reports to gain better insight into how the desktops are used.
Choose preferred manufacturers
Userful software for public computer stations is compatible with zero client devices from many leading manufacturers like HP®, ViewSonic®, Acer and Atrust, so there is no proprietary hardware to lock in. Userful Desktop can be installed easily on most 64-bit computers and is compatible with a variety of market leading printers and scanners.
Our knowledgeable team of trainers and support experts are easy to reach through email or a toll free phone number. Training services are included with every new installation. The support team can request permission to remotely connect to any public computer stations to use a toolbox of diagnostic utilities and support scripts to quickly isolate and fix any technical issue. Userful automatically deploys updates with the latest features and improvements to keep the solution up-to-date.
When more desktops are required, it's easy to scale with Userful, simply add another server to add up to twenty desktops to that single server.
Userful Desktop saves time, money, and headaches, while costing a fraction of of any other managed desktop solution.
Minimize management costs
By controlling and managing all desktops through the clouds, management is suddenly easy, even for someone with limited IT training.
Save 80% of computer hardware costs
By migrating to a centralized, virtualized public desktop computer model powered by Userful Desktop public computing software, one computer with zero client devices powers up to twenty desktop computer stations to save up to 80 percent of hardware costs.
Extend the lifespan
An investment in a zero client desktop computer solution will last up to a decade, which is two to three times longer than the lifespan of a traditional computer or thin client. Replace the one server every 3-5 years to get a brand-new computing experience and take advantage of technology upgrades.
Reduce electricity by 60%
Each zero client computing device consumes as little as 3 watts of electricity, which is a fraction of the power consumed by a computer. Within three years, the amount of electricity savings will be enough to pay for the original zero client purchase.
Zero client computing devices have no moving parts that produce heat or require cooling, have a small carbon footprint, and long lifespan to significantly reduce CO2 emissions from electricity consumption, manufacturing, transportation, and the electronic waste of old devices. It is an environmentally sustainable computing solution leading green computing.
Bringing public computer access to the world
Featured Case Study
A school library in Costa Rica is providing twenty-first century learning to students with Userful Desktop virtualization solution. Witness how access to high-performance desktops at an affordable cost is transforming the school and its students for the better. Watch the video.