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Oxford Archaeology Employees Access Hosted Virtual Desktops and Applications From Remote Sites Across Europe
NoMachine NX provides OA specialists remote access to Linux and Windows desktops and application delivery while traveling to uncover historical artifacts
2009-07-22 by: Katie Glossner

Rome, Italy, July 22, 2009 -  NoMachine, creator and global provider of remote access NX software, announces Oxford Archaeology's addition of NX deployment to their new location in Caen, located in Northwest France.  OA is one of the largest independent archaeology and heritage practices in Europe with nearly 400 specialist staff and NX already in use for their current offices located in Oxford, Lancaster, Cambridge and Montpellier, France.

Most of the archaeological work is carried out on-location prior to construction and development projects.  Oxford Archaeology is one of the leading service-providers in this field, with thousands of clients in a wide range of industries in both Europe and overseas.  Projects may take archaeologists anywhere and with NoMachine NX they can access their hosted virtual desktops and remote applications stored on the central server in the data center.

For a recent project using remote access, a bypass development in Weymouth, Dorset, radio carbon dating revealed the human skulls found on-site were from the late Saxon period instead of the Iron Age or early Roman as originally thought.  With NX, data like this is easily stored, accessed, analyzed and updated at anytime and from anywhere,  often months and sometimes years after work was initially started.    

Mobile employees like on this project, across the company use NX to work remotely from site for what could be any length of time.  Some employees have been working on-site in Normandy, France for eight months with NX providing desktop and application delivery; and Yann Hamon, the systems manager for OA currently living in Berlin, uses NX to work remotely and access his hosted virtual desktop and remote applications securely from home and other locations he must travel to. Furthermore, NX's smart caching technology means that OA's users' experience of accessing a remote desktop is like that of a local desktop.

Whatever the location, whether in the East of England or South of France, where burial pits were unexpectedly discovered before a road widening project, remote workers can access Linux or Windows desktop databases, word processing applications, an Internet browser and Web-based management tools.  Users connect to both distributed MS Terminal Servers as well as Linux desktops and the GIS package through NX.

NoMachine NX is a fast remote access solution that fits OA's company strategy, providing access to hosted virtual desktops and remote applications while supporting their long-term goal of migrating to a full Linux environment.  The cross-platform nature of NX supports the flexible application and platform mix and allows for the user's choice of operating system.  

“NX provides superior performance, making remote access a pleasant experience for the end user, even over low-bandwidth connections,” said Oxford Archaeology CIO, Chris Puttick.  “Extreme security is a requirement of any remote access solution and NX's SSH tunnel provides that very effectively.  Most importantly, NX, out of the box, just works, something I expect from IT solutions, but all too rarely discover is not true.”

About NoMachine
Based in Rome, Italy, NoMachine is the creator of award-winning NX software, an enterprise-class solution for secure remote access, application delivery, and hosted desktop deployment.  Since 2001, NoMachine's mission has been to revolutionize the way users access their computing resources across the Internet to make seamless desktop access as easy and widespread as Web browsing.  NoMachine provides a comprehensive software infrastructure stack, core development, and support services built around the self-designed and self-developed NX suite of advanced components. For more information about NoMachine NX technology visit

About Oxford Archaeology
Oxford Archaeology is the one of the largest independent archaeology and heritage practices in Europe with nearly 400 specialist staff and permanent offices located in Oxford, Lancaster, Cambridge, Montpellier, France and now Caen, France.  Founded in 1973, OA has a 35-year tradition of quality, innovation and service for recording, protecting and preserving remains of past human activity.  Archaeology and heritage services provided by OA include cutting edge digital solutions to provide assessment, evaluation, and mitigation solutions for buried remains.  OA's heritage services focus on maximising the asset value of heritage resources, and provide strategy and policy advice on the future of the historic environment.