In the wake of the arrival of Windows 365, Mac-as-a-service takes another step forward as Teradici adds macOS support to its Teradici Cloud Access (CAS) software.
Teradici CAS now provides high-quality remote Mac access that is robust enough to support compute-intensive workloads in a range of systems. I spoke with Ziad Lammam, vice president of products at Teradici, to find out more.
Why is this important?
Teradici’s solution is likely to be very important for some companies that embrace remote working, as it will allow them to deliver Macs to remote or external engineering, design and development groups in a way that protects any content or data held on these machines.
“Teradici CAS users have even more flexibility to reimagine their post-pandemic workflows and can now securely access their high-powered Macs anywhere, including from their home office,” said David Smith, CEO of Teradici, in a statement. declaration. The company also claims that when users access a Mac remotely, the experience should be the same “as if they were on a local machine.”
The solution is expected to be used across multiple industries including animation, visual effects, broadcast, education, software development, government, healthcare, and CAD industries. With it, users can remotely access a Mac as if they were on a local machine with high resolution and precise color fidelity as shown in the video below.
A short conversation with Teradici
Lammam explained why the time has come for such a service, saying:
“Many organizations have existing Macs in their environment and some users prefer to use Macs for their development use cases. Customers who currently enjoy the Teradici CAS user experience have asked us to extend support to macOS and we have listened and delivered. We plan to continue improving Teradici CAS for Windows, Linux, and now macOS in future releases. “
He sees three typical enterprise deployments for technology:
- Remote access to high performance design environments.
- Virtual desktops and desktop-as-a-service deployments for knowledge workers.
- Deployment through public cloud marketplaces and managed service providers.
The beauty of the solution is that it is possible to access the Mac to get things done using an iPhone, or even Windows Surface, although you do need a good bandwidth (10 Mbps at 100 Mbps +).
“Teradici CAS for macOS can be accessed remotely from any endpoint including Windows Surface, Windows laptops / PCs, Linux devices, Mac endpoints, and thin or zero clients,” he said.
Real Macs can be in the server room, anywhere in the office, or even hosted in a data center. Apple does not currently allow macOS to run as a virtual machine on non-Apple servers, so actual Macs are used; they connect to remote systems via the powerful and secure PCoIP (PC-over-IP) protocol.
How robust is PCoIP?
“Teradici’s PCoIP protocol dynamically adapts to changing network conditions and absolutely can be used in mobile environments,” said Lammam. “I have personally used [it] in mobile hotspots in cafes, on trains and even in the air. The better the network, the better the user experience. With the advent of 5G networks, we expect an even better mobile experience from any mobile hotspot. “
Mac-as-a-service is growing
This is the latest in a recent wave of Mac-as-a-service offerings. MacStadium and Amazon both offer Macs in data centers primarily for application development and testing, and Teradici is working with MacStadium, AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud on the current offering.
“We are absolutely seeing growth in the Mac as a service market,” said Lammam. “Making Macs as accessible as Windows or Linux desktops will allow users to be more mobile, allow them to focus on creative design, productivity and allow secure and easy access to the latest hardware infrastructure. “
Who is it for?
The primary market is likely to be Teradici’s existing customers in the graphic design and video editing industries.
Remote desktop software is a growing segment, which is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 17% through 2028. And, of course, as hybrid work becomes the norm, 67% of the workforce worker should work remotely at least three days a week. .
“The macOS support in Teradici CAS gives artists and producers extraordinary flexibility to choose the way they work, including on macOS,” said Raymond Thompson, senior director, partner and industry marketing at Avid.
“A significant number of Avid Media Composer users prefer a Mac, and now with macOS support for Teradici CAS, content creators can get the high-quality remote experience they need to work from home.” anywhere using the operating system of their choice.
The news emerges as we learn that HP is going to acquire Teradici.
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