Friday, 20 March 2020 14:39

Nutanix expands COVID-19 Response to Asia Pacific business

VENDOR PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT: Enterprise cloud computing vendor Nutanix is expanding the availability of its Xi Frame virtual desktop service in Asia Pacific and Japan, as the region’s businesses struggle with the fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

With the expansion, the Xi Frame Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution is now available in five new data centre locations: Google Cloud Platform (GCP) data centres in Osaka, Japan and Seoul, S. Korea; as well as Microsoft Azure data centres in S. Korea (Central and South) and Australia (Central).

Xi Frame is a cloud-based service providing companies with virtual desktops via a web browser providing flexibility, safety, security and access without software or plugins.

Nutanix says it is providing an enhanced offer of Frame to businesses across Asia Pacific “as they struggle with declining productivity due to the inability of staff to make it to the office”. The offer will see Nutanix provide Asia Pacific businesses with a free 30-day trial for unlimited users in an organisation.

The announcement comes as businesses across the region face further restrictions on staff travel and congregation in response to the continuing COVID-19 outbreak.

On the expansion of its offer, Nutanix says the increased capacity will provide easier access to cloud-based ‘work-from-home’ services for many more businesses and staff across the Asia Pacific and Japan region and comes amid the rising impact of the outbreak on regional and global economies.

“With this announcement, the service is now available in 25 Azure, AWS, and GCP datacentres across the region making it easier for businesses to access the service and remain efficient, productive and operating during these turbulent times. The total number supported globally is 63,” Nutanix notes.

“As companies struggle to overcome severe travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, technology is being called on to help keep staff safe and healthy, while ensuring they remain efficient and productive.

“As Xi Frame is a cloud-based, virtual workspace, individuals, teams, customers, and partners can typically be up and running within an hour and work from anywhere, on any device with secure and complete access to their work desktop, files and network.”

“We are committed to helping businesses in Asia Pacific have the access to the tools they need to navigate the current situation” said Nikola Bozinovic, VP and GM Desktop Services, Nutanix.

“The speed with which we were able to add Xi Frame to these additional facilities is a testament to the ability of cloud-native, web-scale solutions to respond in almost real time to rapidly changing situations. Something we may all have to get used to.”

“Australia has already felt a considerable impact from COVID-19 with businesses, flights, schools and more ground to a halt and the economic impact already more damaging than the bushfire season,” said Neville Vincent, VP South Asia Pacific, Nutanix.

“But the trajectory in other countries tells us this could worse before it gets better, and businesses need to be prepared to continue to weather the storm. This technology is already helping a number of Australian businesses remain productive and profitable and ensuring people can continue to safely and securely work.”

Cloud enabling remote working

Announcing its enhanced offer, Nutanix says there is “no doubt cloud technology has helped with business continuity. The adoption of public, private and hybrid cloud services has meant that the access to, and availability of, critical data has been maintained.

“At the same time, the transition from hardware-based to software defined infrastructure has meant that physical access to data centres is no longer required and central operations can be handled remotely or by a skeleton staff. Thus, the heart of many organisations has continued pumping,” says Nutanix.

“As Frame is cloud-based, virtual workspaces for individuals, teams, customers, and partners can usually be up and running within an hour. Isolated staff can then have safe and secure access to any application simply from their home web browser, with no software download or upgrade required.

“But, the true benefit for the enterprise is that DaaS provides mobility and flexibility for personnel without compromising business security, productivity or performance. It lets staff work from anywhere, on any device with secure and complete access to their work desktop, files and network.”

“We are trying to play our part in making sure Asia Pacific’s businesses and economies keep moving during these unpredictable times,” said Matt Young, Head of Asia Pacific and Japan at Nutanix.

“The safety and security of staff remains the primary concern, but we can help keep them active, engaged and productive through easily available and accessible software.”

Young says Asia Pacific plays a critical role as the world’s economic engine and there is a great deal of local, national and international pressure on the region’s businesses, so Nutanix is looking to ensure they have access to the latest technology “to help them navigate this unprecedented time”.

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