Parallels, best known for software that runs Windows on Macs, is announcing a new tool today that further bridges those two worlds. It’s more evidence of Apple machines gaining traction in the workplace, but this particular technology could prove more popular with the IT staff than with the Mac users themselves.
The new Parallels Management plugin for the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager will let companies manage the Macs on their network in the same way they manage Windows PCs. That includes detecting Macs on their corporate network and giving the IT staff full visibility into the machines, with the ability to deploy software and control and secure Macs in compliance with corporate policies.
Parallels, based just south of Seattle in Renton, Wash., says the new tool recognizes the fact that employees are increasingly bringing their own Macs and other personal devices to work.
Future capabilities of the plugin will include the ability to manage iOS and Android devices, and wipe machines remotely.
“IT departments are experiencing the growing reality of Macs across their networks,” says Birger Steen, CEO of Parallels, in a news release. “In response to demands of CIOs and IT managers who need better control and more cost-effective answers, we delivered a complete and seamless solution that leverages existing IT investments in infrastructure, resources and talent.”
Pricing for the plugin starts at $30/year per Mac. It’s scheduled to be released on Thursday.