Parallels has announced Parallels Business Solutions, a suite that pulls together several of the firm's existing tools to help Apple platforms interoperate with Windows PCs.
Available immediately, Parallels Business Solutions offers IT managers the tools to effectively integrate Apple devices into a Windows-dominated company network, as the world becomes increasingly cross platform.
The suite comprises updated versions of the Parallels Management Suite for System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition, and the recently released Parallels Access app for iPad.
Parallels vice president of marketing Kim Johnston said the firm wanted to help businesses effectively support Apple systems in the workplace.
"We are pleased to help increase productivity by giving employees the freedom to use any device – Mac, PC or iPad – while still having access to key full-featured applications, even when on the go," she said.
Parallels Management Suite for SCCM enables Mac OS X systems on a company network to be brought under the control of Microsoft's SCCM platform alongside Windows PCs. It does this chiefly through providing an SCCM agent for each Mac endpoint, which allows an administrator to deploy software and patches, including new OS X versions such as Mavericks.
Meanwhile, Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition is the firm's virtualisation tool that enables Mac users to run Windows applications, such as Microsoft Office, seamlessly alongside native OS X software.
The updated release adds enhanced mass deployment tools, especially when used in conjunction with the Management Suite for SCCM, giving administrators greater control when deploying virtual machines on Macs. This includes the ability to set an expiration date for a virtual machine, helping to limit access to corporate information from contractors or other temporary workers, Parallels said.
Parallels Access for iPad enables users of Apple's tablet devices to remotely access applications running on either a Windows PC or a Mac. It provides an optimised view of the application, with support for touchscreen gestures to deliver an experience closer to that of using a native iPad app.
However, while the tools are bundled together, they are still licensed individually. An annual subscription for Parallels Management Suite for SCCM starts at $30 (£19) per Mac, Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition starts at $100 (£63) per Mac, while Parallels Access is $49 (£31) for each host computer accessed.
Volume licensing discounts are available for business of all sizes, Parallels said.
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