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Based in Toronto Futurestate IT are another example of the dynamite ventures being pioneered in this startup hub.

A key objective of this showcasing innovation theme is to highlight where the Cloud has been leverage to make a new product or service possible, that then underpins this new startup, and Futurestate is an example of exactly this.

Futurestate IT has created AppRx, the first and only automated Cloud-based “Application Currency Management Platform (TM)”, and that can be used to support the core functions of “evergreening” an IT estate.

This includes keeping applications running smoothly on a daily basis in the face of a continuous barrage of fixes, patches, feature enhancements and upgrades issued by software vendors, successfully migrating applications every few years to new operation system platforms, and keeping applications at current versions to ensure continued support and minimize business disruption.

AppRx provides automated testing of applications for migration to Windows 7, Server 2008, IE 8/9 or virtualization platforms.

Given that Gartner predict that 250 million desktops will need to migrate to Windows 7 before April 2014 due to Microsoft ceasing support for Windows XP desktop and Windows 2008 server, there are clearly some large market needs that Futurestate will enable resellers, integrators and Cloud hosting providers to tap into. Migration to Cloud-based virtual desktops is a logical part of this roadmap.

Futurestate will be presenting on our next ‘MaaS’ – Municipality as a Service webinar, to introduce city CIO’s to how they can leverage these new ITaaS solutions.

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