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Cloud-based thin-client Macs become a reality


Does your workforce actually need company equipment, or do they simply require access to cloud-based Macs and PCs? Teradici and MacStadium are betting the future is Mac As A Service.

Toward the thin-client Mac

The two companies are pooling skills to offer this kind of future, which lets users access their Mac from any device anywhere.

Perhaps the time for such models is here. The current context is one in which remote working leads to more agile and flexible workforces, while asynchronous collaboration means employers can draw on an international pool of employees. Projects become demand-driven, and the number of people a company employs may change fast.

It’s a scenario in which making computer deployment as flexible as enabling an Office 365 seat license makes sense. (It’s the same environment Apple MDM developers are profiting from today, enabling zero trust device configuration.)

Yet, if you can configure hardware in the real world, you can configure it in the cloud.

“AAS (as a service) consumption models provide so many advantages to enterprises in every industry: flexible on-demand access to computing infrastructure, improved uptime, reduced operational overhead, better security, scalability and even ability to attract talent around the globe. Users no longer have to be in the same location as the hardware,” Ziad Lammam, vice president of product at Teradici, told me after his company’s announcement with MacStadium.

What’s the news?

To recap the news, using PCoIP Cloud Access Software technology developer Teradici is working with MacStadium to offer users and creators the ability to remotely access Apple hardware as if they were on a local machine. So you might use a mouse and keyboard connected to your iPad to access a fully configured Mac in the cloud.

It means enterprises and businesses can deploy secure, high-performance, remote access Macs running either macOS Catalina or macOS Big Sur. The user experience is promised to be secure, responsive, and capable of supporting graphic intensive workflows.

All existing PCoIP endpoints, including macOS clients, Windows clients, Linux clients, PCoIP Zero Clients, and PCoIP thin clients will be able to connect to a macOS host. The service will launch in mid-2021.

An interview with Teradaci

Teradaci’s Lamman talked about what’s going on in an interview:

Who is this for? I note a focus on creative users. I guess this means you see an opportunity in such markets as video encoding and output, data analytics, and machine learning? Is that correct?

“This is intended for Mac users who want to access their applications securely and with flexibility to use high performance Macs without having to worry about managing the hardware infrastructure. We are certainly seeing demand in the creative industry (VFX artists, animators, video editors, game developers) in addition to other graphics use case cases as well as in the developer community (app and software developers).”

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