Use Cases

The following are the industry’s top use cases. They demonstrate the advantages of the stack system, on-the-edge-computing, HPC, and cloud computing to deliver results and performance.

  • A virtualised network makes mobilising your digitised assets faster and secure.
  • Enable and empower your workers from anywhere, 24/7
  • Maximise productivity through BYOD, and CYOD workflow.
  • Update, Backup, Restore & Deploy your digital resources instantly and automatically.
  • Single Sign On (SSO) ensures enhanced security and accountability.
  • Private cloud, dedicated servers & software management delivers minimal latency; and distributed computing eliminates bottlenecks.
  • With virtual machines, machine learning and A.I. can be easily set up.
  • Automatically reallocates and reuse expensive resources eg software licenses and GPUs; reducing idle time and wastage.

  • A virtualized environment makes setting up of clustered servers easy and fast.  Eg a Kafka environment can be setup in minutes, and torn down once the project is completed.
  • By adding HPC capabilities, gives you a real time advantage. As live data is captured or tracked, the appropriate actions/response can be automated or acted on immediately.
  • Standardization of your data through various software; collate and manage data regardless of device/source to ensure compatibility.
  • Create your Data Lake (Centralised Data Repository) for better use, quicker access, backup and security.
  • Define, Assign, Spin up or Terminate Data Clusters instantly; control or limit the data going out and coming in.
  • A full virtualized workflow also ensures faster response time to scheduled or unscheduled events; the capability to track live data. Especially in trend analysis.
  • Especially for marketing, with a Data Lake set up, your Big Data can be better managed for developing insights, analyzing and managing customer behavior, predicting outcomes, and supporting strategic decision making. Slice, dice and pinpoint activity/events that needs remedial action, when and before they happen.

  • With HPC, create a distributed/disaggregated workflow with interconnected High Performance Computers that ensures low latency and high performance.
  • Process and distribute high definition graphics/videos with integration with GPUs.
  • Enable Parallel Computing for massive and intense workloads like data crunching, simulation, and HD Graphic rendering.
  • Automate the assignment of computing power with load balancing software. Distribute the computing power to an individual, a work cluster for specialized tasks, and even unscheduled or unscheduled event (Maintenance, sudden surge in online activity). This prevents unnecessary bottlenecks.
  • HPC can also be rapidly and securely provisioned to remote locations over a virtualized network infrastructure, giving access to key personnel wherever they may be. In a traditional setup, HPC is commonly installed onsite and on dedicated machines.
  • Through virtualization, any appropriately spec’d computer can be enabled for high performance drawing on interconnect purpose-built for flexible, heterogenous compute technology.
  • Provides standardised tools for A.I. in VM environments, and integrrates GPUs.

  • Migrate your legacy applications to a private cloud, leveraging on virtualization for agility and scalability

  • Get more value out of your investments in Open Infrastructure by over-subscribing vCPU resources, and thin-provisioning strategies

  • Shorten your time-to-market, with faster roll-out of new applications

  • Build more resilient infrastructure, with built-in High-Availability in virtualization

  • Create Backup Data Centers, and automate Disaster Recovery.  Achieve best-in-class RPO and RTO   

Every organization will have a combination of workers; whether it is the sales team, the warehouse personnel, accounting, store front staff, HR Department, the needs are specific.   With a VDI in place, the big advantage from an IT management perspective is command and control.  Each worker can be provisioned via their terminals/devices with the appropriate applications and OS.  This minimizes wastage, operating cost and enhances productivity. 

  • Task Workers typically use a small number of low compute intensity applications. They could be office administrators, call centre workers, support staff, temp workers etc.
  • In businesses where there is shift workers, this is ideal as one machine can be shared with multiple users. And for mobility, the key to a task worker is that they need access to their usual office applications like Word, Excel, email.
  • The 1STACK solution delivers the performance and the access. Application provisioning is controlled, standardized and easily deployed across all machines via the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

  • Knowledge workers are people like researchers, analysts, consultants, who need constant and easy internet access to stay abreast of what’s happening in the market.
  • And some of these workers may need HPC, which can be rapidly provisioned to the user via their account login.
  • Frontline staff who need sales and performance data to coordinate with their backend logistics operation.
  • 1STACK creates a Virtual Desktop infrastructures (VDI) to provide individual workspaces (personalised) for users that can be accessible from anywhere via a connection broker.

  • Power users are people like scientist, researchers, engineers, architects, video editors, clinical workers, designers who rely on complex, graphic-rich applications.
  • Dealing with latency is unacceptable as time is money. These users will benefit from a stack system with a distributed and interconnected network; ensuring constant access to computing power, connectivity and uninterrupted services.
  • And with GPU servers, this also provides end-to-end graphic acceleration for the most demanding of applications and users.
  • In some situations, power workers are highly mobile. They can find themselves in the most remote of regions or simply out of the office. With virtualization, a connection broker, HPC and GPU server, these workers can enjoy the same level of performance outside the office, as inside their cubicles.

  • Mobile & Field workers are people like salespersons, site inspectors, field engineers, service technicians, drivers, maintenance staff, who spend most of their time on the move and in various locations.
  • Connectivity and access is critical to their jobs; from pulling records, uploading reports, sharing data, viewing real time statistics, and making presentations, these can all be achieved with a VDI in place.
  • A virtualized environment also ensures easier integration of the various equipment/software that they use as you can have multiple OS installed and standing by on your servers to handle the various requests.
  • Provisioning for these users is also highly scalable and flexible. With a hyperconverged server, you can activate and distribute the necessary apps and resources anywhere, any time, 24/7.
  • Maintenance of the equipment/apps is also highly efficient as it is through the central server. No personal visits to the IT department to upgrade or update your system software.

At the heart of any government office or state department is its records of all its citizens. From law and order to transportation services, it’s a massive ecosystem formed of various departments processing millions of transactions daily. And the ability to respond quickly and effectively is paramount. The reality is that while appearing to be centralised, it is far from it as legacy systems, security and different IT requirements have created various barriers to a truly integrated and collaborative network. Today A VIRTUAL DESKTOP INFRASTRUCTURE with High Performance Computing and storage is closing this technological gap.

  • A setup of HPC and Scaled-out Disaggregated Storage is deployed to keep up with the massive amount of active and inactive data and transactions that happen day-to-day.
  • This allows better management and the application of analytics as data is standardised/commoditised.
  • Data can be retrieved at any given time and “packed” and deployed accordingly to the request submitted; ensuring security and restrictions. In so doing, facilitates better collaboration between departments.
  • With an integrated system and unified platform, data is kept up to date immediately and increases productivity from resolving compatibility issues.
  • Data integrity is insured with the highest compliance and standards as maintained by Data Centres.

  • Data lakes are next-generation hybrid data management solutions that can meet big data challenges and drive new levels of real-time analytics.
  • Their highly scalable environment supports extremely large data volumes, accepting data in its native format from a variety of data sources.
  • With the appropriate software, they provide the framework for machine learning and real-time advanced analytics in a collaborative environment.

  • Because of the sensitivity of personal records and privacy issues, State Departments cannot afford any lapses in security. As such, the Data Centres are governed by the highest standards and are regularly audited.
  • With a unified platform and containerised work setup; this also mitigates the security risk as system resources are consistently applied, updated and deployed across the entire network from a central source.
  • As a preventive measure, workstations or an entire department can be quickly isolated, locked down, terminated and reactivated in the event of a cyber threats.
  • Powerful tracking and monitoring software can also predict and identify potential problems.
  • Mitigating the risk of human error can also be exercised through machine learning. From historical data A.I. can be used to set up up failsafe measures or automate defensive/corrective action.

  • With a centrally managed network, enjoy the flexibility of having a diversity of software and OS ready to be deployed on demand and on any device.
  • IT Departments are now collaborating faster, smoother and better with HR Departments in employee matters- security clearance, restricted access, device assignment, personal data, employee records etc.
  • Also the setting up of new or temporary offices, in office or off site is essentially much faster. Especially during events where registration is required; service terminals can be quickly scaled up or down to meet the increased demand. Setting up additional registration counters will be tidy and quick.
  • No longer do you need to bring in the machines to the IT department to configure as it can now all be done on the move.
  • As different devices have different OS, a centralised system can recognise and deploy the respective OS and apps to service the request/transaction.

  • With a Virtualised Desktop Infrastructure, PC terminals that are set up where required, in the field or in temporary office, to support operations, will now be directly provisioned from the cloud. As long as there is a device on site these machines can be requisitioned to operate with minimal fuss and time.

  • Provide quick access to key data for operational staff at the frontline to handle the situation.
  • From site maps to personal health records, building blueprints to personal data, the more information they have and the faster they receive it can be the difference.
  • And in terms of Public Service Announcements, create a central communication post leveraging on the nationwide broadcasting channels of telecoms, advertising, radio and television, swiftly control and communicate on demand. Whether to the public or to staff.

  • Chatbots is the evolution of A.I. and machine learning.
  • Based on frequently asked questions and past user behaviour, systems are now able to pre-empt and automatically manage customer queries.
  • The entire customer journey is now augmented with A.I., from simply answering their direct questions to even recommending options.
  • Automate reminders for appointments, renewals, applications; across all platforms. This takes a huge load off manual administration.

For Educational Institutions and Academia, you will find a consistently large user base (Student Body & Faculty, Admin) and diverse IT requirement needs (Admissions, Records, R & D, Finance & Accounting, Student Welfare Services, IT etc). Integrating these resources, services and departments and allowing them to work seamlessly can present a number of issues from latency to compatibility. And especially with this group of users,   mobility is essential. A VIRTUAL DESKTOP INFRASTRUCTURE with High Performance Computing will help to mitigate these IT challenges.

  • Universities are now leveraging on-the-edge technologies to deliver the perfect virtual classrooms to both students and faculty members. With HPC power, GPU optimised server, and containerised workflow; achieve Near Zero latency as workloads is balanced and distibuted across the network. A shared network or platform is no longer compromised by the number of users in any given time.
  • Also access is available from anywhere through simple sign ins and hotspots. Users can also choose/bring their devices (CYOD, BYOD); without dealing with compatibility issues. Whether it is Specialised Apps or low level generic office apps, everything is delivered through the network (Cloud).
  • For live streaming of classes or video conferences, GPU servers ensure HD quality at all times.

  • At the beginning of each academic year, there is a tremendous amount of activity with the registration of classes. However the scope of work is far greater considering the preparation required to mitigate the event and all other student needs. Today, the tasks of handling the massive amount of transactions, records that need to be updated, archived, processed and organised, is through the use of VMs and the cloud.
  • A Data Lake is created that centralises, collects and collates all the information/data from various sources and makes it intelligible and dynamic.
  • Also Universities are applying big data analytics and A.I. to decipher student behaviour to better support their academic journey. The ability to measure their progress, recommend courses based on their previous results, student activity or profile to ensure a higher chance of success.

  • Every stduent and faculty member issued ID.
  • With a centralised Data & Resource Management System, track and monitor usage either through direct Single Sign Ons or online activity with their IP address.
  • Easily set up and control access with containerised work environments; reducing the security risk.

  • A standardised system delivers a better and stricter audit; ensuring compliance with industry standards.  
  • This also mitigates the security risk as system resources are consistently applied, updated and deployed across the entire network.

  • With a centrally managed network, enjoy the flexibility of having a diversity of software and OS ready to be deployed on demand and on any device.
  • Especially during registration exercises when there is a exponential increase in traffic.  Setting up additional registration counters will be tidy and quick.
  • Different devices have different OS, as such a centralised system can recognise and deploy the respective OS and apps to service the request/transaction.
  • For example, an engineering project- planning, concept, design, testing, R&D, finance, marketing, workloads can be distributed, managed, supported and balanced across your network accordingly for optimal performance. Inter department collaboration.
  • Set up specialized HPC VM workgroup clusters and assign each team through Containerized workflow. This minimises downtime from travelling to office to office as team members can dial in from any location.
  • No single point of failure as workload is distributed.

  • Apart from supporting high level workloads for specific faculty members and departments, they can also be used to manage day to day backend operations.  Provisioning, backup, and workload balancing is some of the key functions.  

  • Deploy software as a service instead of installing in every individual device/terminal.
  • Through a virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) configure your operational needs accordingly through the deployment and creation of VMs.
  • Create Virtual classrooms and meeting rooms. Freeing up valuable real estate that can be repurposed for other activities.
  • Reduce CAPEX by having one physical machine shared by multiple users throughout the day.
  • Manage software licensing fees based on usage rather than by device.
  • Reduce the footprint requirement for onsite servers; freed up space can contribute to other uses.
  • Reduce downtime costs; no need for IT staff to physically configure devices on site or for devices to be left with them.
  • Manage redundancy cost with processing power now delivered from the network rather than on individual devices; reduce the need for high spec hardware.

  • Through the VDI and VMs, IoT, create a smarter campus as various services can be interlinked and integrated.
  • From checking on the status of your exams, your course application, ordering food from the campus cafetria and delivered by student run delivery services, or simply blogging your way between classes. As long as its digital, it can be run on campus.
  • Each classroom can be repurposed on the fly for different subject matter; enabling maximum productivity and R.O.I. while reducing CAPEX.
  • Users can access course materials from their own devices anywhere on the campus.
  • This also allows the monitoring and tracking of devices on campus/on site as a security feature.
  • With A.I. students learning progress can be tracked accordingly eg. The speed by which they complete the reading material. Timely intervention with short surveys can be used to determine the challenges the student faces and the course material can be adjusted accordingly.

A single pane of glass management allows complete overview of your network and assets. Also with the open systems approach, get unlimited access to a diversity of third party addons to enhance your operations.  Minimise the vendor lockins and get greater flexibility in managing your network.

  • Instantly assign and deploy key resources for mission critical, task intensive and time sensitive projects; automatically or user defined. Eg. In engineering, design, testing, R&D workloads can be distributed, managed, supported and balanced across your network accordingly for optimal performance. Set up specialized HPC VM workgroup clusters each team through Containerized workflow, minimising downtime and optimising performance. No single point of failure as workload is distributed.

  • Manage software licensing fees as you go virtual.  Minimise the need to have software hard installed into machines.
  • With a VDI, users have their own VMs in the cloud.  As such software upgrades is done through the cloud and does not require the physical machines to be brought in.  This saves time and money in terms of manpower cost.
  • Also VMs can be assigned and customised based on user requirements.

  • With complete overview, detecting breaches or malware attacks is more accurate.  This allows a better response to the threat and dealing with it.
  • Security patches and updates can also be deployed instantly, regardless of where the user is.
  • With a centralised  Management System, track and monitor usage either through direct Single Sign Ons or online activity with their IP address.
  • Easily set up and control access with containerised work environments; reducing the security risk as vulnerabilities is kept at workgroup or individual level.
  • If machines are lost or stolen, data on the machine can be blocked or erased, temporarily or permanently.  As soon as it is reported.

  • The key advantage of virtualisation is that you will have a ready to go backup machine. Optimised hardware significantly reduces the risk of failure but in situations where there is unforeseen surge in traffic, this can lead to services being compromised. With A.I. and software these situations can be handled swiftly through load-balancing or redistributing the workload over the network. This ensures uninterrupted services and business continuity.

  • As data is constantly backed up into the cloud and then to data centres; this ensures that your entire system is secure and safe and can be redeployed on demand in the event of a disaster i.e. fire, earthquake, malicious mischief, or theft.

  • With a centralised management system, the assignment of resources and tracking the usage can be cost managed.
  • This eliminates redundancy and wastage as there will not be over surplus.
  • Each department or user can be made accountable.
  • This is useful in managing department budgets.

  • A standardised system delivers a better and stricter audit; ensuring compliance with industry standards.  
  • This also mitigates the security risk as system resources are consistently applied, updated and deployed across the entire network.