A Few Announcements: Metered Billing and RemoteApp Availability


I’m back from the Microsoft World Partners Conference, and I’m still on a bit of a high. Some exciting announcements was shared, but maybe the most exciting was hearing more about Microsoft’s increasing commitment to the cloud and mobile spaces. We clearly believe that those are the future of business computing, and it’s nice to be partnered with a company that agrees with us.

After hearing a week of announcements, we wanted to share a few of our own.

New prices and a new pricing structure

First, we’ve cut our prices by 50 percent, making it even easier for small businesses to afford the power of a Windows network.

Second, we have implemented a new metered-billing payment model. This pay-as-you-go system bills customers by the hour, meaning they are only paying for the time they are using their remote desktops and their networks. This lets the IT administrator keep tight reins on the company’s IT expenses, even allowing him or her to, for example, turn off the network on nights and weekends when the desktops are never used. None of our competitors offer metered billing as an option. You can get a cost estimate on our pricing page.

RemoteApp now available to all customers

One of the exciting things for us about being partnered with Microsoft is that when the company adds features or capabilities to its Azure network those features become available to our customers, and that’s what is happening with RemoteApp.

RemoteApp — a feature that helps programs that are accessed remotely through a user's remote desktop behave as if they are running on the user's local computer — is now available for MyCloudIT customers. It’s an exciting addition to our roster of features and can be a real money-saver for the right customer.

Programs opened through RemoteApp run in their own resizable windows, can be dragged between multiple monitors and have their own entries in the task bar. And for the customer who may have workers who need access to a single piece of software or application, it can save the expense of a whole desktop that employee will never use.

For example, think of a technician in the field. They are only using a single LOB application to collect data. It may be easier and faster for that person to access to the application through a tablet or smartphone using RemoteApp rather than installing a whole desktop on their device. The same goes for an employee in the office. Letting that person access business-necessary apps through RemoteApp and allowing him or her to access things like email locally saves money — no need for an additional desktop — and bandwidth.

This really is an exciting time to be a Microsoft partner. And with the company’s increased focus on cloud and mobile, we are pretty sure this won’t be the last time we have announcements about capabilities. So stay tuned. We’ll likely have more to tell you about soon.

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