Minneapolis-Based Secure Cloud Firm IVDesk Keeps Companies Fully Operational During COVID-19 Crisis

March 19, 2020

With working at home a reality for thousands of workers, the ideal scenario would be the ability to work anywhere, anytime, on any internet-enabled device that is as secured and locked down as working in the office.  Minneapolis-based IVDesk Holdings, Inc. (IVDesk), established in 2012, has enabled its customers across the nation to do just that.  Its solution allows the end user sign into a secure private cloud that looks and acts like their office desktop.

With confirmed cases of COVID-19 continuing to grow, Governor Tim Walz shuttered the state of Minnesota, closing schools, public venues and restaurants for weeks.  Businesses, however, need to keep working while its workforce scrambles to find ways to work remotely.  Even if a company could send a laptop home for every employee, there is a plethora of significant security risks surrounding unsecure home networks, storing documents on public cloud spaces, and emailing confidential documents creating a haven for viruses or data breaches.  Even if a company could provide greater security through a VPN connection, there remains the question of workers accessing the applications and data to do their jobs.

IVDesk customers can embrace working from home effectively and securely. Longtime customer, Joe Sherman, Director of Information Systems of The Builders Group based in Minnesota, knows the value of remote access:

“IVDesk gives us total freedom to support our remote employees with complete system access and functionality. This gives us confidence and peace of mind that our data and systems are secure and allows me to focus on business objectives without having to manage servers and software directly.”

For companies who have yet to adopt a cloud solution, there are concerns over desktop performance, however IVDesk solves this.  IVDesk customers have found immediate advantages.  Darrin Whalen, Technical Operations Manager of Minnesota-based Solid Refrigeration, says it best after migrating the company’s entire infrastructure to the fully hosted secured cloud just one week ago

“Everything is running great!  The speed is excellent. Have not experienced a single downtime. We are very happy with the performance.”

Over the past several days, IVDesk CEO Howard Latham has heard similar feedback from many customers.  He reflects back on those conversations:

The fact that performance, accessibility and the peace of mind that business can continue ‘as usual,’ virus outbreak or not, is, quite frankly, mind-bending.  Over the course of one weekend, IVDesk customers have found that quite possibly they made the most important business move of their organizational history.”

Industrial Louvers, another Minnesota-based company, dispatched its entire workforce home this week.  Mark Purkey, their IT Administrator, shares that:

“When we were put under the stress of COVID-19 and keeping everyone safe, we needed to get everyone working from home immediately.  IVDesk went above and beyond to help get everyone out of the building and at home.  They got all office employees, including all drafters using complex CAD software, working from home in less than a day.   If you are not using IVDesk, you do not understand how easy IT and mobilizing an office can be.”

And IVDesk stands ready to help more.  IVDesk CEO Latham continues:

 “We’re ready to serve more organizations. Our team can evaluate a company’s applications and data, write up a proposal and within weeks, a company can be completely on-boarded into the IVDesk solution.  Our customers no longer worry about a data breach from a laptop left in the car or a virus (health-related or web-based) shutting down their business.”


About IVDesk

IVDesk Holdings, Inc. is a cloud-based hosted IT services firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. IVDesk provides a complete IT solution by hosting all of a customer’s desktop, data, and applications while including high security, compliance, and high redundancy, with 24/7/365 Minnesota based helpdesk support, and backup/recovery solutions. IVDesk was a pioneer in delivering hosted IT, and continues to lead the industry as more and more organizations move to a pay-for-use, cloud computing model for their IT services.


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