SA-based assembler, Microbits, has become the first local distributor for desktop management vendor, Ardence.
The Ardence software kit allows users to centrally manage PCs. It creates a virtual hard disk for individual systems based on a read-only image stored on the main server. Each time the PC loads up, it takes the required operating system information from the sole image.
Microbits managing director, Max Mentiplay, said US-based Ardence had enjoyed its most significant take-up in education and government. However, the products would suit any environments with lots of client systems.
"This software is about taking away that physical visit and centrally managing the standard operating environment [SOE]," he said. "This can be a massive task. Having hard disk in machines, you're vulnerable to software corruptions and virus attacks. It takes a lot of support.
"In an industry where it's hard to get support time, it'll get rid of the more mundane work."
Although the company would consider bundling the software with its own locally built PC systems, Mentiplay said its aim was to branch out of its whitebox business.
"It's not where our push is," he said. "We understand that people are risk averse and want to go with the tier ones. That's fine. We're more interested in providing the desktop management of Ardence than selling our PCs."
Mentiplay said it was recruiting resellers and undertaking end-user lead generation. Microbits was already talking to several corporate and call centre players.
Those with skills in the Windows platform would have no problems implementing the software, he said. A Linux version would also be available.
Microbits would provide technical tier two support and service assistance.