Mosaic, a non-profit charity organization serving more than 3,500 adults and children with intellectual disabilities, has completed a four year project of converting their Windows network to a fully supported Linux environment with the deployment of NoMachine's NX technology, the world-renowned hosted desktop and application delivery software. NX is a critical part of this project and provides Mosaic employees across the country access to Linux server farms at Mosaic's headquarters.
For this migration project, Mosaic deploys “high-function” thin clients serving as Ubuntu workstations to maintain client-side functionality and processing power to allow employees access to locally-installed basic functionalities when working off the network. NX was chosen as the server-based application delivery method for employees to access documents and perform all job-related, data processing activities on NX Server farms.
NX provides a user-friendly solution allowing Mosaic to reduce costs, improve performance and guarantee the security of HIPAA data. NX drastically reduces expenditure for Mosaic, providing low overall cost compared to other solutions on the market and reduces hardware cost allowing for the reutilization of their old PCs as “high-function” thin clients.
The adoption of NX for this conversion to hosted Linux desktops has also greatly improved the performance and speed of remote sessions since very little bandwidth is required per user. Due to NX's unique compression, Mosaic has been able to greatly increase the number of concurrent users from each facility, without affecting the quality of local network connectivity. Using the NX Advanced Server and NX Advanced Server Nodes allows Mosaic to easily balance their sessions and add nodes increasing session resiliency, server response time and resource utilization.
Serving nearly 250 communities in the US and with partner programs in several foreign countries, ensuring the security of medical records and data across the network is a necessity for Mosaic. NX allows Mosaic to meet all HIPAA requirements with SSH encryption, guaranteeing the privacy of the health information across any network.
All agencies from Arizona to the headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska were included in this migration, with the last remote agency in Connecticut being migrated in November 2009. The transition has now been finalized and all 40 offices throughout the country are successfully running their applications on the new NX solution.
There have been approximately 1,500 total NX users and nearly 500 concurrent users at any given time. Feedback from NX users at Mosaic has been overwhelmingly positive as they realize the true power of collaboration and the convenience of having ready access to their data from anywhere. Even as staff travel to international destinations, they can still connect to the system and access the central NX Server cluster instantly.
“The NoMachine Client and Server implementations have been key to our project success,” says data storage and security administrator for the Mosaic National Office, Thomas Keown. “With NX, we have centralized our massive amount of data and are now provided the control, back-up and security we require to meet HIPAA requirements. The costs are relatively minimal, but more importantly, NX technology has worked flawlessly from the beginning.”
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Based in Rome, Italy, NoMachine (nomachine.com) is the creator of award-winning NX software, an enterprise-class solution for secure remote access, application delivery, and hosted desktop deployment. Since 2001, NoMachine's mission has been to revolutionize the way users access their computing resources across the Internet to make seamless desktop access as easy and widespread as Web browsing. NoMachine provides a comprehensive software infrastructure stack, core development, and support services built around the self-designed and self-developed NX suite of advanced components.
Mosaic (mosaicinfo.org) is a faith-based organization serving people with intellectual disabilities and together, Mosaic staff members, volunteers and the people Mosaic supports work as partners to improve lives and allow all people to make life choices. Mosaic is committed to be the leader in quality services, advocacy and worldwide partnerships with others committed to the same mission and values. With integrity, Mosaic assures the highest quality and practices responsible stewardship of resources.