Centrix Software has updated its WorkSpace suite to provide more detailed information for organisations planning a Windows 7 migration, while also delivering single sign-on capability for cloud computing services.
The updates come in WorkSpace iQ 5.3 and WorkSpace Universal 5.3, Centrix's IT infrastructure analytics tool and application delivery platform, which are available either separately or as part of the Workspace suite.
WorkSpace iQ is designed to monitor how applications are being used on a corporate network, and provide vital information for organisations planning a Windows 7 migration or to a new application delivery method, such as app streaming.
The latest release adds management report output in a variety of file formats, including as a PowerPoint template automatically populated with key metrics by WorkSpace iQ, providing an overview of application usage.
"One thing that always surprises customers is how many applications just aren't being used. In some cases, we've found as many as 50 per cent of the installed applications on a network are never used," Richard Pegden, director of product marketing at Centrix told V3.
WorkSpace iQ also now provides detailed information on applications that have dependencies on Microsoft's IE6 browser, including plug-ins developed for it.
"It's important for organisations to understand their level of reliance on IE6 when planning a move to Windows 7, so we now have a detailed report exactly for this, and where it is being used," said Pegden.
Meanwhile, WorkSpace Universal is Centrix's platform aimed at providing a single access point for applications, whether local, web-based, virtualised or in the cloud.
The latest update adds new support for single sign-on for software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications and other cloud computing services, linking access to a user's Active Directory credentials.
This works by providing pass-through authentication to SaaS applications, automatically supplying the required credentials on behalf of the user when they connect, achieving a better and more streamlined user experience, but also better control for the IT department, according to Centrix.
"Unless IT is really on the ball, a user could still have access to sensitive information such as on a Salesforce.com account after they have left the company. With WorkSpace Universal, access is lost once you disable their Active Directory account," said Pegden.
Other features include Content Launch Policy Control, which enables administrators to associate documents and files with an appropriate application, whether that application is local, virtual or a cloud computing service.
Both products are set for general availability in the next few weeks, with the extra functionality available at no extra cost.
Pricing will vary depending on each customer's requirements, but both tools typically work out at about £15 per user, with a discount for customers buying both.
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