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All Covered Announces Solution to Access Your Desktop, Apps From Any Device

Tuesday, February 16, 2016  
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Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. (Konica Minolta) has announced the debut of All Covered Workspaces, a sophisticated desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) solution offered through its IT services division, All Covered. Because the solution runs centrally from All Covered's secure cloud data centers, it provides clients with easy access to work desktops, applications and data from any computer or mobile device in any location.

"All Covered Workspaces is a great advantage for employees who find themselves doing more and more work outside of a traditional office environment," said Todd Croteau, president, All Covered. "It allows them to access their individual work desktop and apps from their laptop, smartphone or any other connected device. In addition to increasing mobile capabilities, All Covered Workspaces can decrease the amount of money and time a company spends on IT. Because our solution allows employees to access their workspaces on a range of different devices, they now have a choice to continue using their corporate computers, a personal device or a combination of the two."

The solution can easily be scaled up or down to accommodate employment spikes, such as a surge of seasonal employees. Organizations utilizing All Covered Workspaces no longer have to worry about lost data if laptops are stolen or misplaced, as the solution includes integrated backup of user data. All Covered Workspaces functions across all devices — including desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets — regardless of the device's brand or operating system. The solution supports Microsoft Office and other common applications and includes email, file sharing and security tools. Updates and technical support are included with the service.

Client data is hosted on secure servers housed in All Covered's data centers. Each data center is SOC2 certified, meaning that it has met the most stringent industry requirements for security and availability. Individual workspaces can be accessed from these servers at any time and are delivered securely to users anywhere through the Internet. A user needs only to log in to the All Covered Workspaces portal from their connected device to access their personal hosted workspace.

In other news, Konica Minolta has launched the bizhub C227, C287 and C258 A3 MFPs. The newest color MFPs in Konica Minolta's bizhub series were designed to meet specific business requirements and the changing office workgroup environment.

Smart MFPs offer the reliability of Konica Minolta's print technology with the added functionality and performance of more costly and complex copier-based devices, making them a perfect, cost-effective alternative. All are well-suited to small- and medium-sized businesses, as well as departments within larger organizations. Employing a color speed of up to 28 pages per minute (ppm), the new bizhub C227 and bizhub C287 office systems provide an enhanced control panel that features the latest interface technologies and a new mobile connectivity area. The control panel offers a multi-touch interface for intuitive control, plus optional voice guidance system to provide audible control instructions, as well as access to downloadable apps from the bizhub MarketPlace.

The bizhub C258, an extension of the C308/C368 series, provides productivity features to speed output in both color and black and white, including fast 25-ppm printing, optional single-pass dual scanning to bring originals into workflow faster and powerful finishing options for right-size scalability.

Konica Minolta's bEST (bizhub Extended Solution Technology) is a gateway to a wide range of software solutions, enabling seamless integration with third-party software for business, health care, education, legal and other applications.

Features of the bizhub C258 include:
  • Enhanced control panel featuring a new mobile connectivity area
  • Expanded memory, as well as a hard-disk mirroring option
  • Detachable universal trays, as well as a redesigned bypass tray that will improve paper handling
  • Open API
  • Access to downloadable apps from the bizhub MarketPlace
Employees demand maximum flexibility to allow printing anytime, anywhere and from any mobile device. Konica Minolta's multifunctional color series meets those demands by providing functions such as optional WiFi access and embedded near-field communication (NFC) for Android devices and optional Bluetooth Low Energy for iOS devices. This automatically connects users' tablets or smartphones and provides the convenience of touch-to-print as well as touch-to-scan functionality. Features include:
  • Airprint
  • Google Cloud Print Ready – Connects directly to the Internet and registers with Google Cloud Print without a laptop or PC
With the creation of the revolutionary bizhub Marketplace Chameleon, users can now personalize their MFPs and customize their own control panels. Available through the bizhub MarketPlace, the bizhub MarketPlace Chameleon gives customers the power and flexibility to work even more efficiently by allowing users to create, personalize and install custom user interfaces at the MFP based on their organization and preference.

Konica Minolta printers have the highest data security and various functionalities to reduce the risk of data loss and keep confidential data safe. Once the bizhub security features of the MFP are activated, bizhub SECURE safeguards are in place and documents have uncompromising security protection.

The A3 MFPs offer a new level of eco-friendliness. The compact, redesigned engine within the C227/C287 leads to a 15-percent weight reduction with the devices and provide a reduced carbon footprint. Besides protecting the environment, customers also reduce energy costs and print more cost efficiently.

"The easy-to-use C227/C287/C258 color series offers smart new features simplifying everyday business needs," said Kevin Kern, senior vice president of marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. "In addition, the fast print speeds are perfect for supporting color and mono A3 print requirements for a broad range of businesses and industry sectors."

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