NSW electricity grid operator TransGrid will use 'all-in-one' appliances from Nutanix to deliver virtual desktops.
The government-owned corporation has gone to market seeking four Nutanix NX-3450 appliances to be installed in TransGrid's two data centres, as well as support services.
TransGrid intends to migrate VMWare-based virtual desktops from its current server infrastructure to the Nutanix appliances.
The Nutanix 'Virtual Computing Platform' combines compute with flash and disk storage in a 2U chassis and can be used to deploy VDI in a modular fashion, adding more appliances as user numbers grow.
The vendor opened an Australian office in mid-2013. In January it raised US$101 million in its fourth round of funding.
Last year TransGrid signed a three-year managed services contract with CGI that covered desktop virtualization infrastructure, as well as account management, service centre, end-user computing, centralised computing, security management, project delivery, GIS applications support, applications and software-as-a-service support and transition services.
In 2011 the electricity grid operator revealed plans to move 500 users to virtual desktops.