The Enterprise Desktop Alliance ( has announced support for OS X Lion in enterprise environments by the member companies.

The cross-platform solutions available from the Enterprise Desktop Alliance members will deliver services for the latest version of the Mac OS and help organizations transition from current and previous versions of OS X to Lion.

Each member company provides products that allow organizations to benefit from their existing investment in Mac technology while leveraging their Windows management and administration infrastructure. EDA members provide additional integration and functionality in key areas of the business that are important to deployments in enterprise environments.

“We want organizations to be able to take advantage of the latest Mac OS as soon as it’s available,” says T. Reid Lewis, president of the Enterprise Desktop Alliance. “All of the EDA members are committed to making sure that an environment of mixed PCs and Macs is successful for both the users and IT management.”

The individual member companies’ plans for Lion support include:

° Absolute Software: Absolute Manage and Absolute Manage MDM provide endpoint management capabilities for Macs, PCs and iOS devices. With authentic cross-platform capabilities, there’s no need to invest in additional infrastructure. Instead, existing Mac or Windows servers and hardware components can be leveraged to manage either platform (or both). Absolute Manage products provide support for Lion.

° Centrify: On July 20, Centrify announced support for Lion in DirectControl for Mac and Centrify Express for Mac. All of DirectControl’s extended desktop lockdown security and configuration controls available for previous Mac OS X systems are now available for Lion. These include hundreds of Group Policies to help IT administrators manage Macs using the same familiar tools and processes currently used to manage their Windows systems.

° GroupLogic: This month, GroupLogic  unveiled ExtremeZ-IP 7.2,  the latest version of the Mac-compliant enterprise file server. The newest release comes complete with support for Lion and will allow organizations to seamlessly use and support multiple versions of Mac OS X.

° Web Help Desk: Web Help Desk remains completely compatible with all versions of Mac OS X from 10.5 through Lion. New installations and upgrades of the Web Help Desk software will remain unchallenged with the release of OS X Lion. Because Web Help Desk is 100% pure Java, users have the freedom to install the Web Help Desk server-side software on the operating system of their choice without the worry of operating system lock-in. Web Help Desk supports virtually any modern standards-compliant browser; including Internet Explorer 7+, Safari, Firefox 3+, and Google Chrome.