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Nutanix expands virtual desktop service in APAC

Nutanix has expanded its Xi Frame virtual desktop service to five more cloud regions in Asia-Pacific amid the Covid-19 outbreak

Nutanix is expanding the availability of its Xi Frame virtual desktop service in Asia-Pacific and Japan, as the region’s businesses struggle with the fallout from the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Xi Frame is a cloud-based virtual desktop service that gives workers access to their work desktop, files and network on any device via a web browser.

Nutanix said in a statement that the service is now available in five new cloud regions – two on Google Cloud, with locations in Osaka, Japan and Seoul, and three on Microsoft Azure, with locations in South Korea Central, and South and Central Australia.

The company said the increased capacity will provide easier access to telecommuting services for businesses across the region and comes amid the rising impact of the coronavirus outbreak on regional and global economies.

The latest expansion brings the number of cloud regions in Asia-Pacific where Xi Frame is available to 25, making it easier for businesses to access the service and remain efficient, productive and operating during turbulent times.

As companies struggle to overcome travel restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 outbreak, technology is being called on to help keep staff safe and healthy, while ensuring they remain efficient and productive.

“We are committed to helping businesses in Asia have the access to the tools they need to navigate the current situation,” said Nikola Bozinovic, vice-president and general manager for desktop services at Nutanix.

“The speed with which we were able to add Xi Frame to these additional facilities is a testament to the ability of cloud-native, web-scale solutions to respond in almost real time to rapidly changing situations – something we may all have to get used to.”

Matt Young, senior vice-president for sales at Nutanix Asia-Pacific and Japan, said: “This will make it as easy as possible for Asia’s businesses to access the solutions needed to keep their employees and business associates safe and secure, and their businesses productive and profitable, especially in these unpredictable and fluid times.”

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In recent months, several tech firms have taken the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities in China and other countries in Asia in the ongoing fight against Covid-19.

Chinese tech giant Alibaba, for instance, collaborated with the Zhejiang Provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a system that can expedite the diagnosis and analysis of the virus.

With its artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm, Alibaba claimed to have reduced the time it takes to conduct genetic analysis of suspected coronavirus cases from several hours to about 30 minutes.

Also, Alibaba Cloud made its cloud-based, AI-powered computing platform available for free to global research institutions to accelerate viral gene-sequencing, protein-screening and other research in treating or preventing the virus.

Japanese tech startup Bespoke has launched a chatbot called Bebot to provide the latest updates to travellers on the coronavirus outbreak. Accessed through a mobile app, it can answer queries on the coronavirus such as symptoms, preventative measures and treatment procedures.

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