PRODUCTS: Desktop 6 for Mac enterprise edition targets increased Mac use in business

Software runs Windows and Mac applications side-by-side on a Mac without rebooting

Virtualisation and automation software provider, Parallels, latest Desktop 6 for Mac enterprise edition virtualisation software runs Windows and Mac applications side-by-side on a Mac without rebooting.

The software was designed to provide enterprise IT departments with a configurable, policy compliant support for easier deployment of Windows-based business applications for Mac users.

Parallels vice-president of marketing, Kim Johnston, said the software simplified end-user workflow and extended productivity by running Windows programs like they are native to the Mac – regardless of network connectivity.

“Business users gain the advantages of the solution for running Windows applications on the Mac while IT departments can simplify the management and administration of the solution on their managed Mac population,” she said.

Some key features of the solution include: unified volume license activation key, streamlined business GUI, a configurable software update policy and a local update server option.

Research firm, Information Technology Intelligence Consulting, predicted that the percentage of large enterprises with more than 250 Macs and/or Apple devices in the organisation will grow by 267 per cent by in the five years between 2010 and 2015, increasing from 12 per cent to 32 per cent.

With a growing need for Mac users to run essential Windows applications, the firm suggests businesses address this issue by deploying desktop virtualisation solutions that allow them to easily manage their Windows and Mac environments.

It is reinforced by another recent survey by Lab 42 for Parallels, which showed 58 per cent of respondents said their employers now allow them to choose a Mac or a PC as their work computer.

The solution is available as an annual subscription service.

The company most recently signed on Simms International as its distributor in March.