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TransGrid looks to desktop virtualisation

TransGrid is looking to set up desktop virtualisation for 50 users, which could be expanded to the company's entire desktop fleet of around 500 PCs.
Written by Suzanne Tindal, Contributor on

TransGrid is looking to set up desktop virtualisation for 50 users, which could be expanded to the company's entire desktop fleet of around 500 PCs.

The company released a request for tender yesterday looking for a vendor to design, install, configure, test and commission the virtualisation product within 13 weeks of starting. TransGrid will deal with communications infrastructure, server infrastructure and user acceptance. The tender didn't mention if the company had a particular virtualisation product in mind.

TransGrid said that the driver behind the project was the desire to reduce the cost of ownership of the desktop environment and on-site support, while increasing the hardware life cycle from three to seven years.

It also hoped to be able to centrally manage users' desktops and have automated provisioning of instances. TransGrid requested that the vendor consider access to the desktop via laptops, tablets and smartphones and enable roaming profiles of user data, applications and settings across the network. Remote support was to work with the company's existing Citrix remote access product.

Those users who aren't suitable for virtualisation will keep their fat clients, according to TransGrid.

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