GUEST CONTRIBUTION* by Adam Fuoss, vice president technical sales Silver Peak: As Australian businesses adapt to the changing dynamics of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the unprecedented shift toward remote working is creating a mass exodus of employees out of branch offices into their homes. Employees are quickly having to adapt to communicating and collaborating in new ways to maintain business productivity.
Melbourne-based APT Travel Group is retiring its Citrix system in favour of Parallels Remote Application Server, citing a number of benefits to the organisation.
A key feature of Parallels Remote Application Server 17, which was released a few days ago, is the use of machine learning to pre-launch applications so users can be immediately productive.
A set of new and forthcoming products from Citrix are aimed at helping the company's customers make the transition from traditional to cloud deployments.
Version 15 of Parallels Remote Application Server features an improved user interface aimed at speeding common admin tasks.
"Smaller, faster and more energy-efficient," and "most secure" are Dell's claims for its latest lineup of Optiplex PCs. There's also a new Wyse zero client for VMware, and new cloud multifunction printers.
Service provider hosted apps and desktops are being taken up mainly by the top end of the SME market, according to Citrix.
Hosted desktop provider Cloud DC has added Atmail's messaging and collaboration software to its OfficeBox product.
The growing number of choices in cloud infrastructure is making things easier for businesses that want to offer desktop as a service.
Virtualisation vendor Citrix is confident of an ongoing role in delivering virtualised applications and desktops to mobile devices, especially Chromebooks.
Amazon Web Services' Amazon WorkSpaces cloud-based managed desktops are now available from the company's Sydney region.
A new hospital on the Sunshine Coast is using desktop virtualisation technology - but the biggest benefit probably isn't the one you'd expect.
The Dell Wyse Cloud Connect is only slightly larger than a thumb drive, but it provides remote access to virtual desktops, and can also be used for interactive presentations or remote signage.
The University of Adelaide has embarked on a project to deliver 20,000 virtual desktop systems to staff and students using Citrix XenDesktop, XenServer and NetScaler.
The release of XenDesktop 7 simplifies the deployment of virtualised Windows desktops and applications.
The latest versions of Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Sun Ray Software can be managed from Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.
Infosys and Gen-i have announced an Australian-based hosted service offering a range of Microsoft products from the cloud.
Project Avalon, Citrix's plan for large-scale Windows virtualisation will be delivered in two stages, dubbed Excalibur and Merlin.
Enspire was recognised as Business of the Year at Melbourne's Business3000 awards - but what does the company do?
A report by research analysts Gartner has downgraded the forecast of worldwide PC shipment growth 17.9% to 14.3%. That drop comes from an estimate made just a couple of months ago indicating that PC sales are suffering from the onslaught of alternate computing platforms and a lack of innovation.
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