Evan Sullivan, Product Development ManagerThe market is replete with cloud solution providers, but few can claim to be as unique as CloudConnect. By providing a turnkey Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution paired with comprehensive cloud infrastructure, CloudConnect has carved itself a unique identity in the hosted IT marketplace. The company combines the industry leader in server infrastructure, VMware, and the industry leader in desktop virtualization, Citrix, on its unified cloud platform. This enables the delivery and management of robust cloud infrastructure and cloud desktop deployments. Specially designed for Managed Service/Solution Providers (MSPs), the platform helps IT professionals deploy and support Citrix cloud desktop environments for their clients, specifically in the SMB market, enabling them to have seamless access to all their data and applications.
The CloudConnect platform combines the management power of VMware with the strong delivery capability of Citrix to help businesses run their existing applications in the cloud. Without ever having to modify the applications or source code of the programs, “CloudConnect provides a truly seamless transition to a secure, virtual environment,” says Evan Sullivan, Lead Product Dev.
The company’s flagship product, IQMAP, allows for the mapping, provisioning, and deployment of virtual environments; both utilizing Citrix’s superior ICA protocol, as well as providing the option for solutions using RDP. IQMAP provides small and medium businesses with the platform they need to accurately price and pitch a solution to their clients, new and old. “There’s no need to be a Citrix expert to utilize our platform,” explains Evan. “Our greatest strength, along with our close relationships with our partners, is the ease at which our solution is deployed.” CloudConnect’s IQMAP tool is also on its way to receiving a major update, which will integrate VMware’s Clarity UI for a smoother transition to the management interface in vCloud Director.
On the CloudConnect platform, organizations can leverage Citrix to provide desktop optimization and the best user experience of any delivery protocol available. They can also easily access peripheral devices like webcams, scanners, and local printers from the CloudConnect Desktop. Other features include low bandwidth requirements. Using Citrix ICA, users consume approximately 25 percent of the bandwidth of a traditional RDP client, which significantly reduces the burden on existing bandwidth and drastically increases the user experience.
CloudConnect provides a truly seamless transition to a secure, virtual environment
With CloudConnect’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform, businesses can have access to extensive cloud infrastructure at their fingertips. It also provides unlimited networking capability to meet the networking requirements of any environment. They offer solutions for all sizes of end user business, utilizing their tailored solutions; mspCloud, and Private Domain.
mspCloud, a platform designed for IT professionals, helps in deploying and managing cloud infrastructure, virtual desktops, and disaster recovery from a single management console. The mspCloud also allows MSPs to access user groups, virtual machines, and infrastructure clusters remotely through single sign-on, and helps them in deploy VMs and provision user accounts.
CloudConnect’s private domain provides the strengths of mspCloud, along with the service of a private cloud inexpensively, and with enhanced security as well as increased flexibility. It is ideal for organizations with an existing domain controller, which enables IT professionals to migrate a current Active Directory and to manage an isolated network.
CloudConnect’s commitment to simplifying the full lifecycle management of customer workloads offers them a competitive edge in the market. The company’s value proposition has been recognized several times and also been honored with titles, like "Best of Show" at ITEXPO Miami 2014, “Best Cloud Solution" at ChannelPro's 2015 SMB Success Summit, and last year, CloudConnect won a place in the Top 20 VMware Providers by CIOReview.
“We are looking to provide the most accessible, most comprehensive cloud solution on the market. Working exclusively through partners, we only succeed when they succeed. This is why CloudConnect has thrived the way it has,” Sullivan concludes. “Our platform is so comprehensive, our relationships so strong, and our pricing so competitive, CloudConnect is more than just a cloud platform. CloudConnect is the strength behind businesses like yours.”