Staying Centralized “Hoteles Globales wanted a straightforward, cost-effective solution that would allow them to run their new Windows based hotel management applications in a centralized environment which could then be accessed from remote locations using thin clients,” said David Ribera Diaz of Sistemas de Acceso Interactivo (SAI), GraphOn’s distributor in Spain. “The hotel’s client/server applications include accounting, purchasing, stock control, human resources, and more.” Previously, the hotel group had been running centralized, character-oriented Linux applications which were accessed remotely via traditional telnet clients. With the move to Windows-based, client/server applications and a graphical user interface, the company decided it made good business sense to retain the many benefits of centralized computing. “In a centralized environment, application deployment and support are handled at the central site, not at individual dispersed desktops,” explained Diaz.
Checking out the Thin-Client Alternatives To meet the requirements for server centric, Windows-based computing, Hoteles Globales evaluated three we known product solutions: Microsoft Windows Terminal Service, Citrix Presentation Server, and GraphOn GO-Global for Windows. “In the final analysis, we selected GO-Global because the solution was easy to deploy and use, was very fast, and fully met our needs at an attractive price,” said Miguel Ángel Mestre, IT Manager at Hoteles Globales.“We were equally impressed by other GO-Global advantages such as near-zero administration, reduced bandwidth requirements, built-in security, and scalability for easy growth.”
User-Friendly Solution The GO-Global server-centric solution istotally invisible to the users. No changes are necessary to the applications. Each uses simply runs a near zero-footprint thin client. Centrally-running applications thereby appear on each user’s desktop exactly as if they were running locally. While Hoteles Globales decided to use GraphOn’s native Windows thin clients, GraphOn also offers Web browser plug-ins and Java thin clients.