Logicalis Moves Into Virtual Workspace

~ launches new Citrix / Cisco solution and is recognized as a Cisco Identity Services Engine Authorized Technology Provider ~

Sydney, March 28, 2012 – Logicalis Australia, the IT solutions and managed services provider, has today launched Logicalis Virtual Workspace to address the increasing security, storage, cost and productivity concerns around Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) computing and mobile workforces. Virtual Workspace is a solution that combines Cisco and Citrix desktop and application virtualisation, voice and video technology via a low footprint virtual environment combined with mobile device management. It specifically addresses the evolving workplace landscape of heterogeneous end-point devices, mobile workers, geographically dispersed resources, Windows 7 migration and data leakage and loss prevention. Virtual Workspace helps CIOs and other IT professionals manage the corporate network by addressing:

  • Network: is there a network infrastructure to support all of these “foreign” BYOD devices securely and how does it cater for possible increased WAN traffic?  
  • Data centre: is there the necessary compute and storage capability?     Collaboration: will the virtual workspace solution enable employees to collaborate more effectively? Will voice and video perform in this environment?  
  • Policy: is there appropriate security in place, and, what is “appropriate” security? Are there legal or compliance issues to consider? 
  • Culture: how to engage the appropriate stakeholders and critically, how to build the business case and measure the benefits

Specifically, Virtual Workplace will deliver cost savings (including a reduction in HR related expenses, ability to recruit labour in low cost areas and reduced real estate costs), improve employee productivity enabled by workshifting, facilitate improved employee job satisfaction and retention, and increase collaboration between employees, partners and customers.

Logicalis Australia is also proud to announce it has achieved Identity Services Engine (ISE) Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status from Cisco. Highly secure wired and wireless network infrastructure is seen as the first building block to supporting the growing use of personal or corporate smart phones and tablet devices by employees within the workplace. This ATP designation recognises Logicalis as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell deploy and support Cisco ISE products and solutions.

The Logicalis Virtual Virtual Workspace (LVW) solution combines the architectural benefits of data centre, Borderless Network and collaboration solutions from Cisco with the powerful capabilities of Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp, NetScaler, MobileIron Device Management and AppSense User Virtualisation. The Logicalis solution is available as a fully integrated end-to-end solution of all vendor products and technologies, or as modular layers that can be deployed in any combination to create a customer-specific solution offering. The Logicalis Virtual Workspace is also available as a managed service.

“Virtual working, or workshifting as it is also known, and BYOD is only going to increase in Australia and the challenge right now for organisations in managing mobility and the myriad of computing devices is to do it securely and efficiently. Virtual Workspace integrates the best Citrix and Cisco technologies to enable a virtual workspace that delivers demonstrable benefits to employees and reduces the management headache for IT professionals,” said Oliver Descoeudres, Marketing Director at Logicalis. “We have an extremely strong heritage in designing networks to support very specific and complex customer requirements, and intend become the leading BYOD services provider in Australia.”

“We at Citrix share Logicalis’ view of the Australian IT market and the drivers of IT consumption moving forward. Workshifting, mobile work styles and BYOD are all key challenges – and opportunities – that most corporate customers face. We are delighted that Logicalis has come to market with an offering directly addressing these opportunities and are working closely with them and Cisco to ensure we have a best of breed solution,” said Neville James, Channel Director – ANZ at Citrix.

“By taking advantage of the changing nature of work in businesses across Australia, Logicalis’ Virtual Workspace solution can help provide its customers with an exceptionally flexible and highly secure workspace experience. As a Cisco Identity Services Engine Authorized Technology Provider, Logicalis is a member of an elite ecosystem of industry leaders working with Cisco to stimulate technology innovation and accelerate the market adoption of virtual desktop infrastructure,” said Sara Adams, Managing Director of the Partner Business Group for Cisco Australia and New Zealand.

About Logicalis

Logicalis is an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services founded on a superior breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications & collaboration; data centre; and professional and managed services.

Logicalis Group employs over 1,900 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, specify, deploy and manage complex ICT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 5,000 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM and Microsoft.

The Logicalis Group has annualised revenues in excess of $1 billion, from operations in the UK, US, Germany, South America and Asia Pacific, and is fast establishing itself as one of the leading IT and Communications service providers, specialising in the areas of advanced technologies and services.

The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, a $3.7 billion revenue business listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges. For more information, visit http://www.logicalis.com/.

For further information, please contact:

Jo Balfour
Progressiva
Tel: 0405 542 018
Email: jobalfour@progressiva.com.au