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Provision Networks Unveils Enterprise Solution for VDI
Provision Networks, a global provider of application delivery and access infrastructure solutions for the Microsoft Windows Terminal Server platform, today unveiled the Virtual Access Suite (VAS), an end-to-end solution for the VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

The Provision Networks Virtual Access Suite is a comprehensive framework that leverages the VMware Virtual Infrastructure to transform the physical desktop computer and its applications into on-demand virtual services. More than a traditional connection broker, VAS empowers a hosted desktop infrastructure with extensive VM management and monitoring capabilities, as well as a complete enterprise access and application delivery solution.

"The VMware VDI initiative has been widely received as a paradigm shift in the way desktops and applications are provisioned, deployed and accessed," said Paul Ghostine, Co-Founder and CEO of Provision Networks. "Our Virtual Access Suite brings to market a complete enterprise solution meant to be the only set of VDI building blocks needed to transform the hosted desktop into enterprise reality."

    The Provision Networks Virtual Access Suite encompasses:
    *  Virtual Access Broker: Highly scalable service responsible for VM pool
       management, status monitoring, fault management, policy enforcement,
       and client connectivity arbitration.

    *  Enhanced End-User Experience and Last-Mile Features: Full-desktop and
       application publishing, seamless windows, up to 4096X2048 screen
       resolutions, multi-monitor support, single sign-on, smartcard
       authentication, USB handheld redirection, user profile management, and
       universal print driver

    *  Access Infrastructure: Sophisticated access portal including the Web
       interface and SSL gateway, enabling any PC or thin client to securely
       connect and access a VAS-enabled Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

    *  End Point Computing: On-demand access to VDI-based published desktops
       and applications using a Web browser or the AppPortal client, including
       the AppPortal desktop-integrated mode in which application shortcuts
       are automatically propagated to the user's local desktop

    The VAS feature set includes:
    *  Highly scalable broker service offering fine-grained, policy-driven VM
       pool management capabilities including VM creation, deletion,
       suspension, un-suspension, power-on, power-off, expiration, and access

    *  Management and monitoring features including full-desktop and
       application publishing, VM status reporting, and session usage

    *  Fault management allowing users to be temporarily redirected to a free
       VM in the event that of a primary VM failure.

    *  Fine-grained access control via Access Control Lists (ACL) and virtual
       channel policies.

    *  Access infrastructure including a Web interface and SSL VPN.

    *  Client connectivity options including RDP and RDP-over-SSL, and client
       device support including Windows, WinCE, Java, and PXE.

    *  Extensive user experience and last-mile technologies including seamless
       windows, session sharing, Kerberos authentication, universal print
       driver, USB handheld redirection, and more.

For complete details on the Virtual Access Suite, its feature set, and general VDI information, or to register for the beta release, please visit

    You may also view the VAS Auto-Demos at
Published Thursday, September 07, 2006 3:13 PM by David Marshall
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