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Provision Networks' Virtual Access Suite to Supplement HP Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Provision Networks, a global provider of enterprise virtual desktop deployment and application delivery solutions, announced today that its entire product portfolio, including the market- leading Virtual Access Suite, can be resold by HP under a distribution agreement the companies have signed.

The acclaimed Provision Networks Virtual Access Suite is the only enterprise-class desktop connection manager that consolidates the delivery of applications and deployment of desktops from a centrally managed infrastructure consisting of terminal servers, blade PCs (and other physical desktops), as well as virtual infrastructures such as VMware VI3, Virtual Iron, XenEnterprise and Microsoft Virtual Server.

HP's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure provides customers the hardware, management software, virtualization software and services they need to implement a secure, flexible alternative to traditional desktop computing.

Customers who choose to integrate the Provision Networks Virtual Access Suite as part of an HP Virtual Desktop Infrastructure can improve IT efficiency and lower their total cost of ownership.

"We have been working with HP for several months on many large enterprise opportunities and are beginning to see significant traction together," said Paul Ghostine, co-Founder and CEO of Provision Networks. "Based on IDC market forecasts for shared remote desktops, we estimate to virtualize more than one million desktops within the next 18 months with HP."

Desktops are an integral part of the enterprise IT infrastructure. As distributed end-points, they are the hardest to secure, manage, maintain and support. Desktop virtualization lowers the desktop total cost of ownership and empowers an IT organization to take back control of its desktop infrastructure with better security, isolation, availability, agility, manageability, and compliance, while uncoupling the PC refresh cycle from the constant upgrade schedule of operating systems and applications.

"HP's leadership in virtualization solutions is further advanced through our relationship with Provision Networks," said Scott Farrand, Vice President, Industry Standard Server Software, HP. "The combination of Provision Networks' Virtual Access Suite with our industry-leading ProLiant servers and portfolio of thin clients offers customers a comprehensive, robust solution to help optimize desktop infrastructure investments and address critical business needs."

"Desktop virtualization offers an even bigger total market opportunity than server virtualization," said John Humphreys, Program VP of IDC's Enterprise Virtualization program. "Provision Networks' offerings, combined with HP's enterprise virtualization focus, can help customers to reduce complexity, increase productivity and security across the spectrum of virtual client computing options."

Operating in 49 countries on six continents and with 2006 revenues exceeding $3.6 billion, Brightstar has virtualized its application and desktop infrastructure by deploying Provision Networks' Virtual Access Suite on HP ProLiant DL585 servers running VMware VI3. "The combination of HP's industry standard servers and Provision Networks' virtualization solution has afforded us better availability, manageability, agility and security," said Anthony Escarpenter, Director of IT Infrastructure & Security with Brightstar Corp.

"We are rolling out more than 1200 HP tc4200 wireless tablets, giving our faculty and student body virtual access to applications and desktops from anywhere within the school premises including classrooms and labs," said Doug Stone, Director of IT with the International School of Brussels. "The Virtual Access Suite from Provision Networks running on HP BladeSystem c-Class server blades has been an instrumental platform for virtualizing the school's desktop infrastructure and providing anywhere anytime availability, centralized administration, and reduced complexity through simplified image management."

Published Tuesday, June 26, 2007 6:00 AM by David Marshall
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