Privately-held virtualization specialist Parallels has introduced Parallels Management Suite for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. That name is quite a mouthful. But basically it does this: "The new Parallels Management Mac plug-in for Microsoft System Center lets IT pros to simply leverage the investment, process and tools they already have and extend management to Macs without costly infrastructure build out." That's according to the Parallels blog post earlier this week that announced the new technology.
According to the company, the Parallels Management plug-in lets and IT administrators:
- Manage and control Macs by leveraging existing Microsoft SCCM infrastructure, resources and talent
- Gain control and take action on those devices the same as with PCs – all while working within the same environment they are accustomed to
- Leverage Mac technologies to have complete security on Macs
Parallels cites a survey of 500 IT and knowledge workers that shows that 70 percent don't get automatic software updates distributed to their Macs and that 4 out of 10 big companies have no system or tools in place for Mac and security management.
I'd be willing to bet that Parallels might just be showing off this new technology at its Parallels Summit 2013 in Las Vegas next week.