TransGrid looks to Nutanix for virtual desktops

TransGrid to move VDI to Nutanix appliances

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.

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