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Provision Networks and IBM Collaborate to Promote Large Scale Virtual Client Solution (VCS) Deployments
IBM System x Conference -- Provision Networks, a global provider of presentation and desktop virtualization solutions, announced today that its market-leading Virtual Access Suite has been selected by IBM for inclusion in its Virtual Client Solution (VCS) ecosystem. The two companies are collaborating in the field to promote widespread adoption of VCS.

The acclaimed Provision Networks Virtual Access Suite is the only enterprise-class desktop management solution 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, Microsoft Virtual Server and SWsoft Virtuozzo.

"Provision Networks is a perfect complement for IBM's VCS offering," said Wendy McGee, Director, IBM System x Stack Solutions. "With an enterprise feature-set, a comprehensive integration framework, and an unmatched end-user experience, the Virtual Access Suite offers customers a best-in-class desktop virtualization solution."

With IBM's Virtual Client Solution, users are able to enjoy all of the benefits and personal control of a stand-alone desktop - functionality including print capabilities, USB drive support, and audio - while reducing many of the challenges related to current stand-alone desktop environments. These challenges include limiting susceptibility to theft and viruses, ease of deployment of new users, extended downtime during a hard drive failure, or having to rebuild their preferences and settings after each client "refresh."

"With a 35-year year heritage in virtualization, and System x platforms with mainframe-inspired reliability, customers have come to depend on IBM," said Paul Ghostine, co-Founder and CEO of Provision Networks. "Our relationship with IBM affords customers continued innovation, better reliability and manageability of their virtual client infrastructures."

Since 1983, Investools has been committed to the empowerment and success of individual investors through the application of technology to investment analysis. "With offices in New York, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Palo Alto and outsourced facilities in India, we have relied exclusively on Provision Networks to virtualize our desktop infrastructure and application delivery from centrally-managed IBM System x servers", said Jeff Brown, Telecommunications Manager with Investools.

Partner Support

"We are very pleased by the cooperation between IBM and Provision Networks," said Joel Merry, Vice President of Business Development at Connexan (, an IBM business partner and Provision Networks Certified Solutions Advisor in Pennsylvania. "Customers are already demanding virtual client solutions with requirements that only Provision Networks can satisfy."

"Businesses are rethinking how desktops are deployed and managed," said Bill Nemesi, Vice President of System x Sales for Mainline Information Systems (, an award-winning IBM Premier Business Partner with an 18-year IBM partnership. "We are pleased to be part of the Provision Networks partner program. By working together with Provision Networks and IBM, we enhance our ability to deliver best-of-breed, enterprise-class virtual client solutions for better security, reliability, flexibility and manageability."

"Having worked with IBM for many years on hundreds of VMware and System x solutions in the UK, we are extremely happy that IBM has added Provision Networks' powerful, feature-rich Virtual Access Suite to their VCS ecosystem", said Cameron Merrett, Managing Director of TecDem Ltd (, an authorized VMware consultancy (VAC) and Provision Networks Certified Solutions Advisor. "We already have many successful deployments of the Virtual Access Suite on System x servers. This collaboration between IBM and Provision Networks cements the message that this solution stack is the ideal choice for any organization looking to implement hosted desktop environments."

About Provision Networks

Provision Networks is a global provider of presentation and desktop virtualization solutions. Provision Networks solutions embrace and extend the Microsoft Terminal Services platform and Virtualization Infrastructure platforms from VMware, Virtual Iron, XenSource, SWSoft, and Microsoft, delivering resilient, scalable and dynamic on-demand desktop deployment and application delivery for enterprises worldwide.

Provision Networks produces and markets three product suites through a global network of value-added resellers:

    -- Provision Networks Virtual Access Suite - Enterprise Edition
    -- Provision Networks Virtual Access Suite - Desktop Services Edition
    -- Provision Networks Virtual Access Suite - Standard Edition


With a world-class client list, comprised of some of the world's largest commercial enterprises, and government organizations, Provision Networks is the most trusted name in presentation and desktop infrastructure virtualization. To learn more about Provision Networks and our enterprise access solutions, please visit us at

Provision Networks, the Provision Networks product names, the Provision Management Framework, and the Virtual Access Suite are registered trademarks or trademarks of Provision Networks in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.

Published Tuesday, July 17, 2007 9:58 PM by David Marshall
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