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Latest Deep Freeze 8.5 Ensures 24x7 Public Computers Uptime
Deep Freeze is a system restore software based on Reboot to Restore technology. The software secures the device configuration on installation and on reboot, it discards the changes, restoring the original configuration.
Issues with Public Access Computers
Public access computers are gaining precedence due the operational efficiency and user convenience they offer. Maintaining such devices, however, is a major concern due to the complexities involved. Due to frequent access by random people, public-access computers are susceptible to malware attacks, unwanted downloads, configuration drifts, and a myriad of threats that can compromise system security and/or affect its functionality.
Deep Freeze Functionality
Leveraging the patented Reboot to Restore (http://www.faronics.com/
Deep Freeze also enables end-users like teachers and employees to restore the original pristine state of the systems without much of technical training. A simple restart reverts the configuration to the baseline and wipes the system clean of all accidental or user-made changes. Hence, even if the admin-defined configuration is tampered by users, it does not impact the overall system functionality. As a result, this Reboot to Restore solution reduces the need to call the IT team for every major or minor crisis. In fact, Deep Freeze can deliver up to 63% reduction in the number of IT tickets raised in a multi-user computing environment. It also increases the uptime of enterprise systems significantly, as devices can be instantly restored to the optimal state by users themselves.
In addition, Deep Freeze allows for the creation of virtual partitions, known as ThawSpaces, where administrators and end-users can store files to be retained even after a reboot.
With the version 8.5, Faronics has made Deep Freeze even more user-friendly. System administrators do not need to reinstall the software to add new ThawSpaces, which can now be configured anytime. The software also alerts admins about the length of time for which a device stays Thawed. Deep Freeze 8.5 allows clubbing of up to 5 scheduler tasks such as Shutdown, Wake-on-LAN, Run Windows Update, Send Message, and so on. To make IT infrastructure more energy-efficient, it also features idle-time shutdown and idle-time restart capabilities.
The above functionalities clearly indicate that Deep Freeze provides optimally working computers to users at all times. It makes workstations virtually indestructible and easily manageable. IT admins thus, are relieved of huge load and have to resolve less number of tickets. This results in significant improvement of operational efficiency and productivity of organizations across domains.
There are numerous instances where Deep Freeze has effectively lived up to its promise and exceeded customer expectation. A healthcare unit in the United States, with 350 employees and 60 physicians accessing 250 workstations and 19 servers, is also part of the software's success story. The institute's healthcare systems were spread across eight physical locations.
Since the applications were browser-based workstations, spyware intrusion was a serious concern. Pop-ups slowed down the processes, making the machines unusable at times. Complying with the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) standards was also difficult for the center. The popular anti-spyware and anti-adware solutions failed to meet expectations. Each infected machine required about three hours for formatting and reloading with the operating system, programs, files, and other necessary applications.
The deployment of Deep Freeze addressed the challenges that interrupted workflow. The software was tested on a dozen of computers and was found to be highly effective. The full-scale adoption of Deep Freeze ensured that the systems could be restored in minutes instead of hours.
Faronics was founded in 1996 with the intention of helping customers maximize returns from their existing technological infrastructure. It helps companies manage and secure their IT environments. Headquartered in Vancouver, Faronics has offices in the USA and the UK in addition to a global channel of network partners. Their solutions have been deployed in over 150 countries in more than 30,000 organizations with more than 10 million licenses sold worldwide.
Page Updated Last on: May 10, 2018