Some exciting news – Guarding UK, the specialist manned guarding and key holding supplier, has chosen to move its technology infrastructure to the cloud using specialist IT support provider, VESK, and Citrix virtual computing solutions to provide seamless access to its critical applications.

This is particularly pertinent as in its line of work, Guarding UK has to comply with a number of regulations and requirements – including the Security Industry Authority, the Private Security Industry Act 2001 which requires all security personnel to be licensed, and numerous ISO standards and accreditations. As such, Guarding UK is using Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop and Citrix Receiver, supplied by VESK, to ensure consistency, accountability and security of information, as well as to keep track of workers’ whereabouts. The technology allows staff to securely access server-based resources, company applications and their personal desktops, wherever they are and whatever device they are using.

With Citrix Receiver employees can use their corporate Android, iPhone and iPad devices to access work on the move, as if they were in the office. Contract negotiations, day-to-day correspondence and the company’s clock-in rota system can now all be accessed securely and quickly from anywhere, directly from the virtualised server and desktop cloud infrastructure. Guarding UK’s workforce is largely dispersed, with ground level staff positioned at hundreds of interchangeable venues around the country, and back-office staff across Guarding UK’s network of offices. Prior to moving to the cloud, staff working in offices outside the company’s HQ in Enfield, UK found that applications ran slowly when working from the VPN. This time lag was frustrating for staff and meant that opening new offices was a laborious task.

In fact, since opting to move to Citrix solutions Guarding UK been able to support its burgeoning business more effectively. New offices can now be opened within a matter of hours, rather than weeks, remotely. Staff around the country, whether office-based or mobile, are now able to access applications seamlessly – vastly improving efficiency, cutting IT costs by 40% a year and reducing demands on the IT team.

Although still approached with caution by some organisations, the cloud has proven to offer secure, seamless and speedy access to critical applications and data. Moving to the cloud using virtual computing solutions allows an organisation to expand rapidly whilst increasing productivity and reducing costs, as highlighted by Guarding UK, the fastest growing specialist manned guarding company in the country.