Defence spends big to get thin

 

Thin-client trial comes with high price tag.

The Department of Defence plans to spend $6.2 million to pilot the use of 500 thin client desktops by June 2012.

The eight-month pilot comes ahead of a 100,000-user overhaul of Defence's desktop environment, which will call on technology from four partners including tech titans Microsoft and Citrix. It began in early November and will wrap up on June 30 2012.

The full implementation is expected to begin in Q3 next year and be finalised by 2015. It will ultimately provide Defence personnel with a 'Cross Domain Solution' which will enable access to the Defence Restricted Network and Defence Secret Network on a single desktop.

A Department of Defence spokesman told CRN Magazine the $6.2 million would be divided up by costs for ICT infrastructure, the build of new Windows 7 desktops, packaging of 50 applications, deployment of the solution to 500 users across 14 sites Australia wide, face-to-face training for Defence personnel on the new desktop environment and support arrangements for the duration of the pilot.

“Further work for the implementation phase of the NGD project is subject to commercial negotiations and Government approval,” the spokesperson said.

Systems integrator Thales Australia beat out eight competitors in a two-stage tender process to become prime contractor, and along with Raytheon Trusted Computer Solutions (RTCS) will collaborate with Microsoft and Citrix on the next generation desktop project.

It will integrate Microsoft desktop virtualisation platforms including Windows 7, Hyper V, MED-V and AppV; Citrix’s XenDesktop and XenApp; and RTCS’ thin client technology into Defence’s current infrastructure.

Copyright © CRN Australia. All rights reserved.


Defence spends big to get thin
 
 
 
Top Stories
NICTA no more as CSIRO takes over
Data61 split out under executive.
 
Inside the stalemate on Australia's piracy code
Still not registered almost five months on.
 
IT staff outline deep anger in Macquarie Uni survey
‘Morale at lowest point in a decade’.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
Say goodbye to OneDrive Groups
Aug 28, 2015
If you've a) actually been using OneDrive and b) gone so far as to actually have been using ...
Libreoffice 5 review
Aug 24, 2015
It's free! It's open! But does LibreOffice deliver on its promise of a powerful office suite for ...
How to disable Cortana in Windows 10
Aug 21, 2015
Stop Microsoft's personal assistant snooping around.
Uni is optional: 5 tech leaders without a degree
Aug 17, 2015
Already running a business, but thinking about going back to uni? From Bill Gates to Steve Jobs, ...
New features coming to Xero
Aug 17, 2015
Use Xero? Here are some of the things you can look forward to in the coming months.
Latest Comments
Polls
New Windows 10 users, are you upgrading from...




   |   View results
Windows 8
  46%
 
Windows 7
  45%
 
Windows XP
  4%
 
Another operating system
  3%
 
Windows Vista
  2%
TOTAL VOTES: 748

Vote