Tablets and Remote Desktop

The use of tablets is quickly outpacing the use of standard laptops.  But is that true in business?  You’d be surprised.  Not only are you able to use tablets with native software (such as office products among other productivity software), but you can also use your tablet to connect to other remote systems very easily.  This is becoming a major use of tablets.  Instead of carrying around a heavy laptop, you are now able to use a tablet and connect either to a remote desktop or some other system.

So what good is this?  Easy.  For the remote worker, this is a great productivity saver.  Utilizing a remote desktop solution (such as VMware’s Horizon View or Citrix XenDesktop along with Windows Remote Desktop Services) and a client on the tablet, the end-user has the ability to connect to virtually any computer and be productive.  This has allowed workers to quickly connect to their office computer or other system and work seamlessly.

Here at VCS, we have tested a number of products for use on Android and iOS.  So far, for iOS, we have found “AccessToGo” from Ericom Software to be one of the best for connection to Remote Desktop Services.  It has been, by far, the most seamless and easy-to-use RDP client we have tried thus far.  Setting up a connection is very easy and allowing for multiple connections is possible.  Very much worth the install and test.

As for the Android, we have found that “PocketCloud” from Wyse Technology has been the most reliable for Remote Desktop Protocol connections.  The Pro version, which allows more connections to be set up, is very much worth the cost.  The system is extremely easy to configure and use.  We haven’t used all of the accelerations available as of yet, but we can say that we are very happy with the operation.

Being able to connect to your work or home computers via a tablet is a very useful operation.  We have found this to be of use when traveling, where a large laptop is not always the best.  This increases productivity by a very big amount.