Tuesday, 19 March 2013 15:39

School picks Parallels Enterprise Edition as part of BYOT plan

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A New South Wales school is one of the first in Australia to adopt the enterprise edition of the widely used Parallels Desktop virtualisation software.

Parallels introduced an enterprise edition of its Parallels Desktop virtualisation software for Mac in mid-2011.

The advantages over the regular edition are that it allows preconfigured deployment, control over how and when updates are applied, works with existing software distribution and systems management tools, and a single volume licence key across all of an organisation's copies of Parallels Desktop.

One of the first schools in Australia to adopt Parallels Desktop Enterprise Edition is St Columba Anglican School (SCAS) in Port Macquarie, New South Wales.

SCAS is using Parallels Desktop as part of its bring your own technology (BYOT) policy.

According to the school's e-learning leader Matt Richards, about 80% of the secondary students use Macs.

"[We] believe we don't have to stop there. We want to encourage them to go further and use a variety of hardware, operating systems and software that best meets their evolving needs," he explained.

"With Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition, we are confident that by the end of 2013, all of our secondary students from year 6 to year 12 will have embraced BYOT," said Richards.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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