Asian companies caught off-guard by the outbreak can now rely on one free month of a free cloud-based remote-working app.

As businesses across the region face further restrictions on staff travel and congregation in response to the continuing COVID-19 outbreak, some companies are stepping up to offer free time-limited software to help tide businesses that need remote-access solutions.

On 27 Feb, Cloud solutions vendor Nutanix announced it will provide an enhanced free trial of its Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution called Frame to businesses across Asia.

As Frame is based on cloud technology, its virtual workspace environment for individuals, teams, customers, and partners can be up and running within an hour in most cases. Isolated staff can then have safe and secure access to any application via their home web browser, with no software download or upgrade required.

Frame is touted to provide flexibility, safety, security and access without relying on, nor consuming, any internal hardware. For the enterprise, the DaaS work environment is touted to provide mobility and flexibility for personnel without compromising business security, productivity or performance. It lets staff work from anywhere, on any device with secure and complete access to their work desktop, files and network.

Said Matt Young, Head of Asia Pacific and Japan at Nutanix: “We are trying to play our part in making sure Asia’s businesses and economies keep moving during these unpredictable times. The safety and security of staff remains the primary concern, but we can help keep them active, engaged and productive through easily available and accessible software.”

In times of crisis where business continuity is put to the test, cloud technology can help businesses to get by with software-defined solutions for remote-working, long distance collaborations and temporary weaning from legacy hardware-based infrastructure until the crisis is over. This can keep the heart of businesses pumping instead of becoming a casualty.

Unlike the typical test drive offered by the company, this free trial for Asia businesses extends to unlimited numbers of users and extends across 30-days.