Imation launches 'PC on a Stick'

New solution to suit teleworkers, contractors and those implementing BYOD strategies

Imation has launched IronKey Workspace for Windows To Go, the first of the vendor's planned line of "PC on a Stick" mobile workspaces for government, enterprises, and BYOD strategies.

The company says the new IronKey Workspace lets organisations outfit mobile professionals with a secure, fast USB platform to run Windows To Go from a USB stick on multiple compatible PCs, a solution that will suit teleworkers, contractors and those implementing BYOD (“bring your own device”) strategies.

The IronKey Workspace is certified for deployment of Windows To Go, a feature of Windows 8 that lets enterprise users boot a full version of Windows 8 from an external USB drive on compatible host PCs.

“The traditional and static arrangement of the software instance of the user’s workspace bound to a single hardware device no longer fits the personal computing requirements of a growing population of workers and, for that matter, their employers; breaking this software-to-hardware linkage is essential,” says Michael Suby, Stratecast’s vice president of Research at Frost & Sullivan. “PC on a Stick addresses this need by infusing complete and secure workspace portability into the realm of personal computing.”

“Windows To Go is a key feature of Windows 8 Enterprise that will impact the way organisations empower mobile workers. Imation’s IronKey Workspace is one of a handful of drives certified to deliver the Windows 8 desktop experience on a USB flash drive,” says Stella Chernyak, senior director of product marketing, Windows Enterprise, Microsoft Corp.

According to Lawrence Reusing, Imation's GM for Mobile Security, the company is seeing "tremendous interest in the PC on a Stick from organisations seeking to give their workers a seamless Windows 8 experience across multiple devices".

Organisations running Windows 8 Enterprise Edition can provision a Windows desktop onto the IronKey Workspace to create a PC on a Stick – with the operating system and data contained on the USB drive.

The new product is available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities.

The IronKey Workspace for Windows To Go is available in Australia and New Zealand through Imation’s channel network.  Manufacturer’s list price is NZ$180 for the 32GB model, NZ$295 for 64GB and NZ$430 for 128GB excluding GST.

Next year, Imation plans to roll out a line of solutions that empower organisations to deploy Windows To Go via its hardware encrypted IronKey flash drives, strong authentication and centralised device management.

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