Citrix apps for NBN Co internal staff, contractors

Latest internal IT pickup for NBN wholesaler

National Broadband Network (NBN) wholesaler, NBN Co, has contracted Citrix to deploy the vendor’s desktop virtualization software and infrastructure for internal staff and contractors.

The government enterprise, charged with building and selling wholesale services under the $36 billion network, will deploy Citrix XenDesktop 5 across its desktop fleet with a core focus on the company’s IT and network management teams. The service is likely to be more widely rolled out to NBN Co staff and contractors as required.

NBN Co end-user technology architect, Robert Davies, said in a statement that the vendor was chosen due to ease of integration with its data centres.

The wholesaler has flagged $8 million worth of data centre contracts with Global Switch in Sydney and Polaris in Brisbane for its systems, which include infrastructure for internal staff as well as elements of the operational and business support systems it is tailoring under a $200 million contract with IBM.

The company has also focused heavily on Oracle-based ERP and accounting systems, with Alcatel-Lucent slated to provide some Comptel-based elements of the operational support systems.

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