A Look at Areas Perfect for Diskless LAN Booting Software

I assume that you have read our previous series of posts on 7 Reason to Supercharge your Internet Cafe with Diskless Booting, if you havenot then now is  the right time to read it.

Alright, now that you have a much better idea of what this type of diskless LAN booting software is and why so many other companies use it, let’s move on to looking at how it works for three specific business-types.

To be clear, diskless LAN booting software will work for any organization that needs multiple computers. However, with the following three, this platform has proven especially helpful in a number of ways.

Internet Cafes

Using diskless LAN booting software for Internet cafes is kind of a no-brainer. By their very nature, these businesses depend on having numerous machines. For the most part, they need to be uniform in their functionality, too, so a customer can confidently sit down at any of them and know they’re going to have the exact same experience they would at any other.

Diskless LAN booting software makes this possible with one-click updates across all the Internet cafe’s computers. Best of all, there’s no downtime involved. No customers need to wait or get turned away while updates are taking place. You don’t have to sacrifice business while you’re taking care of necessary upgrades.

Another reason this type of software is so perfect for Internet cafes is because of the security features we brought up before. Every year, countless people will use computers in Internet cafes.

Internet Cafe

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7 Reason to Supercharge your Internet Cafe with Diskless Booting – Reason 7

Go Green and Reduce That Utility Bill

We’ve already touched on how this type of software can help you save disc space and, thus, money, at the same time. Well, it can also save your organization money on utility bills as well.

You’re probably already aware how much of your budget is spent on the most essential component of any computer: electricity. There’s no getting around that you need to pay for it in order for your machines to work. The more computers your business requires, the larger that monthly utility bill is going to be.

Utility Bills

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7 Reason to Supercharge your Internet Cafe with Diskless Booting – Reason 6

Run Multiple Operating Systems at the Same Time

If you’re concerned that this type of modern solution won’t work for your company, school or Internet café because you run more than one operating system, don’t worry. Most versions of diskless LAN booting software can sync up with a number of different operating systems all from the same machine.

In this way, you also never need to limit the digital assets your company uses solely because you won’t be able to use it with your diskless LAN booting software.

Lastly, head over to our article about different Areas Perfect for Diskless LAN Booting Software

7 Reason to Supercharge your Internet Cafe with Diskless Booting – Reason 5

Achieve Redundancy with Built-In Failover Features

Another feature of diskless LAN booting software that should help you sleep easy at night is that it comes with built-in failover functionality. If you don’t know about this, what it means is that if your company has multiple servers, it’s able to switch to the backup version if the primary one goes down for some reason.

Redundancy

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7 Reason to Supercharge your Internet Cafe with Diskless Booting – Reason 4

Diskless LAN Booting Will Make Your Company Safer

Perhaps one of the biggest problems all modern companies face is security. Gone are the days when having doors with locks and some security guards at your premises was enough to ensure thieves didn’t end up walking off with your hard-earned money.

Secure Workstations

Nowadays, thieves can strike from thousands of miles away and take far more than what you have in the till. A single, successful attack could be enough to completely wipe out your business or destroy the trust your employees have in your company.

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7 Reason to Supercharge your Internet Cafe with Diskless Booting – Reason 3

Save Disc Space and Save Money

Sometimes, we forget about how much “space” our companies need in the digital environment. It’s easy to see how much space our offices and hardware take up, but the invisible space we need on computers is just as important and, in a lot of circumstances, nearly as expensive.

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Think about your current setup. Each computer is most likely independent from all the others under your company’s roof. Although they’re probably connected to your network, they still need to be self-sustaining in terms of the software and programs they have to run every day.

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7 Reason to Supercharge your Internet Cafe with Diskless Booting – Reason 2

Relying on Employees to Install Their Own Software Isn’t Efficient

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At a lot of companies, employees are responsible for handling software updates, at least to some degree. Management sends out an email that walks them through the necessary steps to upgrade their systems and then they’re given a deadline for when it needs to be complete. Continue reading 7 Reason to Supercharge your Internet Cafe with Diskless Booting – Reason 2

7 Reasons to Supercharge your Internet Cafe with Diskless Booting

No matter what industry you’re in, you know that technology is the only way to continue increasing your revenues. As competition gets stiffer, high-quality, high-performing software is the only way to stay ahead of other companies that are dead set at coming after your market share. This is especially important if you’re in an industry where your competitors all have very similar products/services as you. Technology may be your only real advantage over them.

While there are countless technological assets you could utilize, diskless LAN booting software is definitely worth your consideration. Not only can you count on it to help you stay out ahead of your competitors (or catch up, as the case may be), you can also leverage this software to streamline many of your company’s most important technological priorities.

What Is Diskless LAN Booting Software?

The idea behind diskless LAN booting software is pretty simple. In today’s digital world, organizations like yours usually have a number of different computers that are necessary for things to run smoothly on a daily basis. Sometimes, these are customer-facing computers too, so you want them to all be uniform in terms of their functionality.

That’s all well and good, but at some point, you’re going to need to upgrade those computers of yours. Perhaps you’ve already been through this chore once or twice. Say it was new software you wanted to add to each computer to better help your customers enjoy their experience. Maybe you just wanted to update the version of Office your employees use.

Whatever the case, this traditionally meant you needed an IT employee to go from one workstation to the next, installing the software and, a lot of times, waiting around until the process was complete until they could move onto the next one. There would be times where your IT person would literally just be staring at the screen until they were given the sign that they could proceed to the next step.

We can all agree this isn’t a very good use of company time or dollars.

Diskless LAN booting software makes it possible to update all of your computers at the same time from one machine. Whether it’s all 30 computers in your Internet café or hundreds throughout a college campus, all you need to do is sit down at one to access all the others and do whatever it is that needs to be done.

Sounds simple enough, right?

Well, the good news is, that, yes, while there are a lot of different platforms out there to choose from, for the most part, it really is. Still, let’s take a closer look at diskless LAN booting software in detail.

Reason One – Modern Computers Need Constant Upgrades to Remain EffectiveStop Updating

This is basically what we just touched on above, but it was one of the major driving forces behind the introduction and ongoing evolution of this type of software, so it’s worth covering in a bit more detail.

Have you put off updating your company’s computers before because of the time and money it takes to do it? Maybe the present just wasn’t the right time and you decided it made more sense to wait, even if ­­it meant stalling on getting better software out to your customers and/or employees. Continue reading 7 Reasons to Supercharge your Internet Cafe with Diskless Booting

CCBoot VS DeepFreeze

CCBoot Logo Well folks, today we put our very own CCBoot and pit it against DeepFreeze, a program by Faronics.

DeepFreeze LogoDeepFreeze like the name sounds freezes your computer hard drive against any external changes with its Reboot To Restore technology. It has a built-in feature for password protection to prevent anyone from undoing the freeze and removing data from your computers. Every time you reboot your hard drive you will have a clean state, free of viruses and malwares. You’ll also be able to restore of files that are deleted by users.
Now, this sounds good and all but is it really worth using DeepFreeze. Here are few point to keep in mind.

  1. Every time you want to make any changes you have to undo the DeepFreeze, and to do that you have to physically go to the workstation and enter password, just to open the program. Then, there is mandatory reboot in order to disable DeepFreeze (so called Thawed Mode).
  2. Now, all the changes are made, to save them you can to again, redo “Frozen” state, open the program and enter password and finally enable “Frozen” mode. Easy isn’t it.
  3. Now repeat this process to all the PC you have. Think of the time taken, hours/days/weeks to maintain 100’s of computer.

You are probably thinking about the last sentence in step 2, aren’t you?

Remember, when using DeepFreeze, there is still one critical part that we cannot ignore, which is also a point of failure. The “Hard Disk”, on which our OS resides. If it’s damaged in any way, we lose all our data, even if we have DeepFreeze. Make a note here, we will get back here after a while.

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Why GO Diskless

There comes a time when we have to choose between what is the best way to save money and earning it. So the debate for it is always there. Let’s take, setting up a gaming center as in example. You have to purchase best hardware (with hard disks), install the operating systems and games, setup bandwidth management, and configure software billing application to manage billing for all the PC’s.

When you setup the store with the first option you have to install  the OS, games and other applications for each and every clients, and doing this for 5 out of 10 clients is not a problem. In fact many technicians do it this way. But the what awaits then is hours of maintenance when they have to update the PC’s, or worse, is infected by a virus. They would have to reinstall the OS and all the other applications once again, wasting even more hours in maintenance and your hard earned money.

So consider this, if you have 100+ PC’s in you store. Will you do it this way? Or look for a better way.

Enter CCBoot. The one one and for all maintenance solution.

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