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Fortem IT prides itself on seeking out and delivering the latest in innovative solutions to enable your business to operate in the most efficient way. We are proud to be a certified leading reseller for Droplet Computing, offering container technology for multi device platforms to keep your organisation running whether you’re on or offline. Talk to one of the Fortem team today to find out more…

What Droplet Computing Containers Can Do

Droplet Computing develops innovative software solutions based on patent-pending container technology which enables fully featured applications to run on multiple device platforms, such as Windows, Mac, and Linux – even if the operating system on your device does not normally support those applications.

What makes this container solution different from other containers is that Droplet do not require you to be connected to the Cloud to run your applications. Your applications run locally on your device online as well as offline.

Droplets solutions enable you to focus on being productive on the device of your choice without any loss of features, functionality, or familiarity.

Droplet Computing is a software-based container solution that works by taking your applications and installing them inside a containerized environment. In turn, this containerized environment is delivered to your device, Windows, Mac, or Linux based. Once delivered the container has the ability run either online or offline, delivering a semi-connected solution.

As your applications run securely within the Droplet Computing Container, this enables the container to run independently of the device’s underlying operating system, and even its chipset, allowing you the freedom of device choice. Even if the device doesn’t run that application natively.

More importantly, the device itself is not modified in any way, and neither are the applications that you choose to run. The applications are the same applications that you would use on any other device. For example, you could run the full Windows version of Microsoft Visio on an Mac.

As the applications are those that you are already familiar with, then all the features and functionality you would expect are present and correct. You can print as well as save documents as you would normally, either locally, connected to a network, or even using cloud-based storage and synchronization solutions.

Droplet Computing enables you to run your applications, on your device of choice, either online or offline, delivering true application freedom.

Droplet Application on all devices

Founded based on real-life customer feedback

Droplet Computing was founded based on real-life customer feedback, where customers were looking at wanting to deploy any application on any device. Although there are vendors that used this “any app, any device” in their marketing verbiage, there were several caveats to the reality of achieving this. The main one being the need to be online so that the end user would need to connect to some form of VDI or cloud-based desktop and delivery mechanism to have their apps delivered. Droplet felt this was potentially overkill in terms of infrastructure requirements, and what if there was no connection available, or having that connection posed a security risk?

Not having a connection was the real-life scenario that was presented to Droplets founder during a potential 30,000 seat Chromebook roll-out project, that eventually was shelved after one of the customer’s key stake holders couldn’t get on to one of the core business apps. So, it was back to deploying expensive Windows laptops!

It all started with an idea

Droplet started with an idea to run applications and make them universal across all devices, without reliance on being connected. That materialized with an early prototype running on a Chromebook. However, Droplet soon realized that they needed to look at what is common across all devices, and that commonality is the browser. This resulted in the development of the Droplet Container, a secure, patent-pending container technology that allows you to containerize your applications and deliver them to multiple platforms giving you the choice of device.

The senior management team at Droplet Computing including Peter von Oven (Founder & CTO) and Barry Daniels (COO) between them, have over 40 years combined experience in delivering end user computing solutions, and cloud computing and before founding Droplet Computing worked for some of the leading vendors and partner in the EUC and cloud space, with Peter having authored twelve books on the subject!

Droplet Container App for macOS

The Droplet Container App for macOS allows an end user to run Windows-based apps in a secure container environment on a macOS-based device.

Enables Windows applications to run on macOS-based devices both online and offline, including those Windows applications that may not have a native macOS version.

Droplet Container App for Windows

The Droplet Container App for Windows allows an end user to run Windows-based applications in a secure container environment on a Windows device.

This enables both legacy and current apps to run both online and offline on a Windows device. Applications can easily be isolated from the host and delivered independently. 

Droplet Container App for Linux

The Droplet Container App for Linux allows an end user to run Windows-based applications in a secure container environment on a Linux-based device.

The Linux container enables Windows apps to run on Linux-based devices both online and offline, including those applications that may not have a Linux version on the Linux desktop.

Droplet Container App for Chrome

The Droplet Container App for Chrome OS allows end users to run modern and legacy Windows apps in a secure container on a Chrome OS device.

The ChromeOS container enables legacy Windows applications to run locally in a secure and isolated container on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, either online or offline.

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Along with useful product guides, data sheets and industry reports you can also download the white-paper which explains how Droplet Computing’s container technology is making an impact.

Industry Solutions

Solutions Use Cases

Droplet Computing greatly simplifies and reduces the cost of delivering applications in the enterprise.

Deliver legacy application securely

Organizations are able to securely deploy legacy apps to modern platforms therefore reducing the amount of time required for patching and migration tasks. This approach enables migration of mission-critical apps to new operating systems and devices using Droplet Computing containers, which are unaffected by changes to the underlying device OS. Vulnerabilities are removed by applying patches without the need for regression testing safe in the knowledge that the underlying device will not be affected. To that end the container has been fully penetration tested by NCC Group and was found to be completely secure.

Apps running in a Droplet Computing container are invisible to the host operating system so no longer present an attack surface. Your data can be secured in the container using enterprise-grade encryption and admins can set policy on where data is sycnchronized to when online – whether using a cloud-based storage platform, or a corporate file server.

Reduce the cost of infrastructure

Droplet Computing containers run locally on the endpoint device, whether that’s a Windows, Mac, or Linux device. This means there is no large-scale datacenter hardware overhead required, no complex VDI infrastructure required, and no bandwidth or latency limitations, all dramatically reducing the cost of hardware acquisition and management. All you need is a file share to store containers centrally, and a delivery engine to deliver them to the end users. The rest is all device-based. After all, the end user device of today is more than powerful enough, so why deploy two sets of hardware?

Embrace multi-platform devices with confidence

On top of this, Droplet Computing containers can run across platform devices, meaning you can run apps that were designed for the Windows operating system on other platforms, such as macOS or Linux. Even different device chipsets are supported meaning you can deliver applications without device limitations. Particularity useful for those older applications you want to run on modern hardware devices.

To see how Droplet Computing containers can help transform the way you deliver applications today, contact us for a free trial, or demonstration and redefine your application delivery.

The Challenge

How many applications are being maintained in the Public Sector and how many are actually being used?

What does that mean?

In relation to IT strategy one of the most salient questions is, how does Central Government review the number of applications that are currently supported versus how many are needed? Droplet Computing can deliver a strategy that will instantly reduce the cost of delivering applications to Central Government end users.

How does Droplet Computing achieve this?

Droplet Computing containers enable those delivering IT in Central Government to take their existing applications and place them into an environment that is segregated from the underlying device OS. This means that the OS will no longer affect the running of the application – no more expensive extended support for Windows XP and Windows 7 applications, or security worries. In addition Droplet Computing containers delivers those applications across multiple platforms meaning you can choose the device appropriate to the end users role. The result – a clear savings agenda for both hardware and software.

Example use case

Royal Air Force flight engineers work with a range of software often needing a range of devices to support them due to age of software/security and relevant OS. This means that engineers are often working across multiple laptops and devices when servicing the same aircraft.

Working with Droplet Computing all necessary applications can be securely placed into one container and delivered to a single device. Droplet Computing will even facilitate offline working when engineers are required to work in an area with no connectivity. The benefit are numerous:

  • Reducing the number of devices an engineer needs to carry
  • Reducing the cost of maintaining applications across a range of devices
  • Creating a more efficient interface for the engineer in the form of a single secure container
  • Ultimately reducing the time taken to service an aircraft.

The Challenge

Health trusts and services are being asked to deliver and support an increasing number of services through IT. Probably more than any other sector within Public services, the NHS is being asked to provide a more business to consumer approach to the patients they care for. This must be achieved within the confines of an aggressive savings agenda and shrinking budgets.

What does that mean?

In short, it means that a health trust needs to support and deliver multiple applications securely to a wide range of health professionals. In order to deliver savings and a supportive IT environment health trusts will have to completely rethink how their technology is delivered to end users.

How can Droplet Computing help?

  • Challenge the expensive desktop deployment solutions currently deployed by health trusts.
  • Droplet Computing containers enable health trusts to develop an application platform configured to end user need.
  • Breath new life into “fat client” software by delivering via Droplet Computing containers
  • Remove applications from the underlying OS enabling clinical hardware (such as an MRI scanner) reliant on an older OS, without worrying about an unsupported OS affecting application functionality.
  • Enabling staff to access patient critical applications on any device even offline – saving on hardware and enabling staff to work offsite and with patients in the home.

Use case

Health workers who are required to visit patients require an IT environment that is robust, flexible and cost effective.

Droplet Computing enables staff to use hardware such as the Chromebook which, in comparison to the cost of a tablet or laptop, is far more competitively priced and offers greater battery life. Droplet Computing containers effectively turns a Chromebook into a PC. The heath trust could purchase three Chromebooks for the price of a single laptop.

To see how Droplet Computing containers can help transform the way you deliver healthcare application today, contact us for a free trial, or demonstration and redefine your application delivery.

The offline working offered by Droplet Computing will also enable staff working offsite, out of connectivity, to still provide a service to customers.

The education sector from primary right through to University faces the challenge of constant change and differing demands from technology. The difficult questions ranging from what technology should be used right through to virtually attendance and distance learning are all part of the complex issues surrounding delivering IT in the Education space.

How can Droplet Computing help?

Droplet Computing is all about providing flexibility to the end user and (most important of all in the context of education) delivering a solution that is scalable but remains within a tight budget. Droplet Computing can achieve this in two important ways.

Hardware – Droplet Computing containers can be delivered to multiple platforms. For example, a Chrome book can run Windows applications deployed via the container. The clear advantage here being cost. You can buy four Chromebooks for the price of a single laptop. More hardware for students.

Applications – Droplet Computing can deliver applications across devices, reducing the cost of desk top management and increasing access to educational resources in a secure and configurable format.

Droplet Computing is an enabler

Droplet Computing reduces dependence on the traditional IT supply models and empowers IT departments to control and deliver what the students and academic staff require, at a lower cost, yet at the same time enhance the learning experience.

By deploying Droplet Computing a school or college will be able to build a clear picture of what applications are needed and what are surplus to requirements. It also enables the re-purposing of older hardware, increasing the life of a device while reducing the risk posed by running applications on an unsupported operating system.

The Future – Droplet Computing

The applications your students and staff need – delivered securely across multiple device platforms. Droplet Computing will even facilitate offline working for that field trip or area with poor connectivity. Students and staff will be able to access whatever they need from wherever they are.

The risks imposed by an operating system that is no longer supported is removed – as those applications can be lifted from that redundant operating systems and secured using a container. Freedom to provide the application environment that you want.

To see how Droplet Computing containers can help transform the way you deliver educational applications today, contact us for a free trial, or demonstration and redefine your application delivery.