Raleigh, NC- November 2nd, 2016 – The Sixth Flag, Inc. today announced that its Desktop-As-A-Service was named one of the best mobile products of year in the 15th annual Mobile Star Awards™ program, hosted by the mobile technology directory and news site MobileVillage.com.
The Sixth Flag, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based Desktop-As-a-Service firm for global teams and organizations in need of Remote Desktop Management solutions, won the Rising Star Award in the Mobile Remote Desktop/VPN category. The only two other winners in this category are VMWare and Citrix, two of the leading DaaS market providers.
“Recognition of The Sixth Flag as Rising Star in DaaS reflects our commitment to continuously improve our offering to get to the top. We identified demand in the mobile desktop marketplace for simple, secure and easy to manage virtual desktops. Today, with the increasing security challenges faced by enterprises globally, we are confident that our solution addresses these organization’s most immediate needs, at a very competitive price,” said Pete Kofod, founder of The Sixth Flag, Inc.
Earlier this year, The Sixth Flag reported mentions as Representative Vendor in four key Gartner reports. The Sixth Flag was specifically recognized for its Desktop-as-a-Service as a true cloud- based solution in the Gartner Cool Vendor in Endpoint Computing report. The Gartner report states “products that require no special software on the endpoint and are OS-neutral are especially better in that they can enable CYOD and BYOD — and effectively allow users to pick the device of their choice.” By using standard web browsers, The Sixth Flag (TSF) actively supports growing organizational mandates for BYOD. Furthermore, TSF’s patent-pending watermarking technology known as dewdrop.tsf offers strong protection for organizations concerned about the loss of intellectual property.
The ability to securely deliver Windows(tm)-based applications to a distributed and dynamic workforce continues to challenge technology leaders. According to Gartner, technology leaders should “plan to provide Win32 applications virtually or remotely in a container to users, or as part of DaaS to enable more agile management and diversity for user endpoint devices.” Pete Kofod agrees with this assertion and states, “the ability to confidently and securely deliver legacy applications to remote users is a recurring problem facing our customers.”
Since its debut, The Sixth Flag has been transforming DaaS with its award-winning solution. Easy to integrate and deploy, the company’s clients have reported great results in delivering legacy applications to remote users where uncompromised performance, global availability and ground-breaking security is paramount.
About The Sixth Flag, Inc.
The Sixth Flag Inc, is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based Workspace-As-a-Service firm for global teams and organizations in need of Remote Desktop Management solutions. Launched in 2015, TSF provides a web-based, cost effective and secure throw away desktop for today’s global, mobile teams. Its cloud-based, HTML-rendered Workspace-as-a-Service requires no dedicated hardware, thereby eliminating the need for organizations to spend on capital outlay. With nothing more than a browser, users can access their corporate desktop from anywhere in the world, whether from a laptop, desktop, or tablet. Because user data is not stored on the local device, loss of a device does not represent compromise of sensitive organizational data. For more information, visit www.thesixthflag.com
About MobileVillage / PDA Inc.
Founded in 1993 as PDA Inc., MobileVillage® is a market and solution development company dedicated to advancing mobile technology in a wide range of industries. MobileVillage fosters education and alliances through news, an online directory, the annual Mobile Star Awards™ program, events listings, partnerships, and “Best of Breed” mobile solutions.
Raleigh, N.C. – August 10, 2016—The Sixth Flag, a leading Enterprise Desktop-As-A-Service solution, today announced that it has been identified as a representative vendor in Gartner’s recently published Market Guide for Desktop as a Service report authored by Nathan Hill, Tiny Haynes, Michael A. Silver, and Federica Troni, published August 1, 2016.
“We are delighted to again be mentioned by Gartner among DaaS vendors. Our just released concurrent pricing model, also highlighted in the report, offers customers flexibility regardless of company size. With the increased demand for enterprise BYOD, The Sixth Flag offers an attractive alternative to furnishing end users with costly hardware. BYOD and complementary solutions like The Sixth Flag not only reduce hardware costs but also full lifecycle management, including asset tracking and recovery,” said Pete Kofod, Founder of The Sixth Flag, Inc.
In their report, Gartner notes the importance of considering full lifecycle DaaS solutions, “DaaS vendors are learning the nuances of workspace and application life cycle management beyond “simple” image hosting to develop more comprehensive solutions.”
“We are confident that with an adaptable pricing schedule and a BYOD-friendly service offering, organizations will find The Sixth Flag to be a highly compelling alternative to traditional VDI,” said Shane Yocum, VP Business Development at The Sixth Flag, Inc.
Enterprise technology leaders should consider two circumstances in which BYOD is particularly attractive:
The first is the continued move to web-based applications. With more applications relying on only a browser, end point management is dramatically simplified, a key driver of BYOD adoption. With the increasingly rich capability of HTML5, even complex applications such as VDI can be delivered as a pure web-based application.
The second is application delivery from public infrastructure service providers. Because BYOD is particularly relevant for remote or mobile users, the ability to pair CAPEX savings at the client endpoint with savings in the premise datacenter make for a compelling value pairing. Enterprise IT managers are then allowed to focus on what truly “pays the bills”, delivering applications to users that increase individual an organizational effectiveness.
The Sixth Flag is a web-based VDI as a service offering delivered from public infrastructure. With BYOD, there is no CAPEX in most configurations and operating costs can be tightly adjusted to match changing business conditions.
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About The Sixth Flag, Inc.
The Sixth Flag Inc, is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based Desktop-As-A-Service firm for global teams and organizations in need of Remote Desktop Management solutions. Launched in 2015, TSF provides a web-based, cost effective and secure throw away desktop for today’s global, mobile teams. Its cloud-based, HTML-rendered Desktop-As-A-Service requires no dedicated hardware, thereby eliminating the need for organizations to spend on capital outlay. With nothing more than a browser, users can access their corporate desktop from anywhere in the world, whether from a laptop, desktop, or tablet. Because user data is not stored on the local device, loss of a device does not represent compromise of sensitive organizational data. For more information, visit www.thesixthflag.com.
Raleigh, N.C. – March 25, 2015 – The Sixth Flag, Inc. (TSF), an emerging new technology firm, today released its web-based, HTML-rendered Desktop-as-a-Service that requires no dedicated hardware. The offering provides a unique solution specifically designed to address the increasing challenges faced by today’s distributed workforce. With nothing more than a browser, users can access their cloud-based corporate desktop, whether from a laptop, PC desktop or tablet. Because user data is not stored on the local device, loss of a device does not represent compromised sensitive company data.
According to Pete Kofod, co-founder and CEO at TSF, “Our solution targets mobile users, contract, seasonal and temporary personnel as well as select employees that are targeted for corporate espionage.”
“Taken together, those groups of corporate technology users consume disproportionate resources to prevent security breaches and mitigate data risk. When you include the compliance requirements and capital costs associated with asset management, organizations of all sizes face serious challenges when dealing with the complexities of managing the desktops of a globally distributed work force.”
“The prevailing ‘solutions’ today are limited to one-offs,” Kofod explains. “Corporate technology departments need to be flexible in resource allocation, yet a significant part of the overall budget is the capital outlay towards corporate desktops, forcing IT staff to continuously support one-off solutions for these emerging requirements, which are neither practical nor cost effective.”
Unlike other vendors offering Desktop-as-a-Service solutions, The Sixth Flag is specifically designed to serve the remote enterprise user. “What we do is pretty straight forward,” Kofod continues. “we offer secure, easy-to-manage desktops to remote users without breaking the bank.”
According to David Kinghorn, co-founder and chief technology officer, by using TSF’s solution, organizations can manage the configuration and software installed on the desktop, including popular office productivity and line of business applications. TSF supports a complete Microsoft-based desktop user experience, including print and file management and more.
“With our offering, all you need is a current web browser,” he says. “This includes all desktops as well as tablets, because we do not rely on any plugin or download.”
At the end of every computing session, all user information is encrypted, stored and the desktop is, in effect, destroyed. Subsequently, every time a user logs in, they receive a fresh desktop with their data and settings intact. Kinghorn points out that any persistent threat that has found its way on to the desktop is deleted along with the desktop at the session’s end.
Exclusive to the TSF offering is a patent-pending “watermark” function. The unique pattern is overlaid on the screen session, discouraging users from leaking sensitive data by photographing or capturing desktop screen shots. “We received requests for this feature from firms that have been significantly harmed by unauthorized leaks,” says Kofod.
TSF supports Active Directory authentication. System administrators can implement traditional desktop group policies. Additionally, the administrators can also restrict uploads/downloads, Internet access, printing, copy and paste, as well as other functions using the TSF administrative console.
In its most restrictive configuration, TSF is comparable to a “clean room” in biotech. What happens on that desktop cannot leave. It can’t be sent via email or saved to cloud-based file storage.
“When high-risk groups collaborate using The Sixth Flag, they are in essence fenced off, without any meaningful drop-off in productivity,” he says. “Even if they pick up malware, it disappears when they sign off.”
No capital investment or long-term commitment is required. From service costs, to desktop licensing, TSF rolls all those costs into a monthly fee. For organizations that have seasonal, temporary or contract workers, there is no need to make a long term investment to meet short term requirements.
With today’s increasing demand for “bring your own device” (BYOD) working environments, IT departments face the challenge of maintaining internal controls through a standardized corporate platform. TSF enables full BYOD, eliminating the need to provide and manage end-user physical desktops, while facilitating standardization and significantly reducing capital expenditures on desktop hardware.
“Best of all,” Shane Yocum, Vice President of Business Development notes, “TSF can be deployed for an organization in as little as 20 minutes. A recent use case is a customer wanting to set up a disaster recovery environment. There is no way to do that cost effectively using traditional DaaS licensing,” he notes, “but we have a DR licensing model that allows organizations to maintain a Desktop DR environment very economically.”
About The Sixth Flag, Inc.
The Sixth Flag Inc, is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based Desktop-as-a-Service firm for global teams and organizations in need of Remote Desktop Management solutions. Launched in 2015, TSF provides a web-based, cost effective and secure throw away desktop for today’s global, mobile teams. Its cloud-based, HTML-rendered Desktop-as-a-Service requires no dedicated hardware, thereby eliminating the need for organizations to spend on capital outlay. With nothing more than a browser, users can access their corporate desktop from anywhere in the world, whether from a laptop, desktop, or tablet. Because user data is not stored on the local device, loss of a device does not represent compromise of sensitive organizational data. For more information, visit www.thesixthflag.com