Deployment Challenges

 

Encryption

Without Swimage, Encrypted drives can add 12-24 hours to the deployment.  With Swimage, encrypted drives remain encrypted throughout the deployment by utilizing our patented key transfer technology, keeping drives secure throughout the migration and saving time otherwise spent decrypting then re-encrypting drives.

 

Data Protection

Users and technicians fear deployments due to the risk of data loss.  With Swimage, data is encapsulated on the machine and never removed so it can never be lost.  For PC swaps we use Direct Data transfer to transfer data from PC to PC, automatic roll back guarantees data is never lost, ever. This includes known data and obscure file extensions.

 

Zero-touch deployment

Zero touch is commonly not used due to high rate of failure, making recovery expensive and painful to the user.  With Swimage all accessible machines can be ensured a successful deployment due to its robust validation and deployment resiliency.

 

Image Management

Typically an environment maintains lots of images that are difficult to manage and patch due to hardware dependencies and embedded applications.  Because Swimage creates and maintains the image automatically, the image remains agile, deploys faster, is not dependent on hardware, and is never vulnerable to viruses.

 

Software Reinstallation

Manual reinstallation of applications creates inconsistencies, is very time consuming, and is prone to either missing an application or reinstalling unwanted applications.  With Swimage, approved applications are automatically detected and reinstalled.  Furthermore, additional applications based on the user’s role are also automatically installed on existing or bare metal computers.

 

Hardware Driver Installation

Typically, many images are created which include hardware drivers and departmental requirements or images are bloated to accommodate many variations.  Both options make updating images an arduous task.  With Swimage, collecting and organizing drivers could not be easier.  Our automated driver extraction process, provisions and quickly and organizes drivers into a concise library that dynamically deploys on the fly.

 

User Communication

The impact to end users are often exacerbated by the lack of communication around deployment schedules.  With Swimage, an automatically e-mail is sent to each user the moment their machine is targeted which includes a  list of the approved applications that will be re-installed and a deployment timeline.  The targeted users, have input into their own provisioning and deployment.

 

Real-time Deployment Reporting

Deployment engineers need to continually visit each computer being deployed to know of its progress.  Additionally, many problems are not discovered until well after the deployment.  However, Swimage shows the real-time status of all deployments globally from the moment they are targeted through completion. The dashboard can be accessed by any deployment engineer anywhere in the world from a web-based console to directly interact with the system.

 

Full OS Rollback

Fear of data loss is the number one reason deployments are avoided.  To overcome this, Swimage provides safety nets around deployments so that data is never lost regardless of file type or location on the drive.  Additionally, because all files are maintained, a complete rollback of the entire system to its pre-deployment state can be done in minutes.

 

Remote Users

Managing remote and disconnected users is time consuming and expensive as it typically requires shipping computers or having remote staff travel to a depot.  Swimage overcomes this by creating a self-contained removable media process in which a USB or DVD can ship to the home or remote user for simple and completely automated remote deployment.