The company currently only has a few hundred staff, but it has been bulking on headcount constantly over the past 18 months, and it is also engaging with a large number of contracting companies as it builds out its national fibre rollout.
Citrix said in a statement this morning that its XenDesktop solution would initially be deployed within NBN Co's internal IT and network element management teams. 'As the organisation continues to grow at an exponential rate, XenDesktop will also be used to rapidly respond to requirements that are still evolving' the statement added.
NBN Co will also uses the FlexCast technology included as part of XenDesktop, which Citrix said will allow the organisation to provide 'a range of different application and desktop delivery models' under the one licence - allowing NBN Co the ability to tailor desktop and app delivery to its users bsed on their individual needs - for example, office staff, mobile workers, temporary employees or contractors might have quite different needs.
'NBN Co will be implementing Citrix XenDesktop 5, which also features Citrix's 64 bit platform XenApp 6 and the Citrix XenClient technology,' Citrix said. NBN Co will receive three years of Citrix support under the deal, with a dedicated account manager, and will employ Citrix Consulting Services to install the technology.
NBN Co end user technology architect Robert Davies said the scalability and ability to centralise control of data inherent to Citrix's solution was key to the decision.