Morse to offer Tarantella secure Linux desktop appliance in Europe

Source: Morse

Morse plc, the technology integrator, announced today that it will build and distribute Tarantella Secure Global Desktop Appliance for BladeCenter to customers in the UK, France, Germany and Spain.

Secure Global Desktop Appliance for BladeCenter is a powerful solution comprised of Tarantella Secure Global Desktop Enterprise Edition (EE) software and SUSE Enterprise Linux Server 9, pre-configured by Morse on an Intel-based IBM eServer BladeCenter HS20 and HS40. Featuring all the advantages of EE, including industry-leading security and heterogeneous application support, Secure Global Desktop for BladeCenter is a Linux-based, all in one, "plug and play" secure application access solution.

This solution will help enterprise customers to overcome desktop management challenges by enabling them to transfer all client applications from individual desktops onto a server centric IBM eServer solution. This will allow them to be centrally managed and provide users, whatever their location, with secure access to these applications, simply and easily through a web browser interface. Pre-configured and supported by Morse Professional Services, the solution will significantly reduce application workload on individual desktops, lower operational costs and streamline IT application management. This process will also provide organisations with the opportunity to significantly reduce desktop licensing costs.

The combination of Tarantella's secure application access technology with IBM's eServer solutions, supported by Morse's expertise in configuration and design, will offer customers a means of maximising system utilisation, while providing secure remote user access to business-critical information. Applications will sit in the BladeCenter where they can be centrally managed so any software updates or new applications can be easily and quickly deployed. The BladeCenter provides IT managers with a means of consolidating their existing server environments into a single centralised chassis for central and easy application maintenance, while minimising cost and complexity.

Frank Wilde, Tarantella's CEO commented, "Enterprise managers today are looking to drive down the cost of application management and also consolidate and integrate their existing IT infrastructures. A further challenge is to ensure that business users have 24/7 access to critical applications, wherever they're based. Secure Global Desktop Appliance for BladeCenter gives customers a pre-packaged appliance that will address all of these challenges while, pioneering a new business model for application management. The innovative technology from Tarantella, IBM and Novell and the implementation expertise of Morse, allows customers to buy a truly integrated and consolidated secure application access appliance for BladeCenter that is setting new market standards in terms of ease of installation, deployment and time to productivity."

Duncan McIntyre, Chief Executive, Morse plc, remarked, "This announcement is a natural extension of the outstanding relationship that Morse already enjoys with Tarantella and IBM. Customers today are looking to reduce the complexity of their IT infrastructure and move to a more consolidated and integrated business model that will reduce management headaches and lower operational costs. Tarantella's new product family delivers incredible operational savings as well as a truly tried and tested secure application access solution, which will help move customers towards a totally consolidated IT environment."

Secure Global Desktop Enterprise Edition (EE) is the only integrated application management and access solution to encompass an unprecedented range of server-based applications from Linux to Microsoft Windows, UNIX, IBM 32xx and iSeries (AS/400) systems while enabling an extensive array of client platforms. Secure Global Desktop EE's three-tiered design is engineered to support open standards such as Java technology, SSL, LDAP, SSH and X11. Optimised for the most rigorous security, scalability and network performance requirements, EE is the ideal solution for cost-effective legacy application migration as well as an indispensable tool for ensuring business continuance in disaster scenarios.

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