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Trusted Network Technologies Launches VdeskTools With Full Support for VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Trusted Network Technologies, Inc. (TNT) today unveiled VdeskTools, which relies on TNTs patent-pending technology to instrument virtual desktops and the virtual network for unparalleled visibility and policy assurance. VdeskTools currently supports the VMware® Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and VMware® ACE 2.

VdeskTools delivers new policy monitoring capabilities for the growing number of organizations seeking to virtualize desktops, allowing administrators to inspect and track all virtual desktops and to monitor all user activity emanating from virtual desktops.

As more companies deploy virtual desktops to reduce IT costs and to increase manageability and control, they are also looking for better ways to track virtual desktops, verify and optimize the virtual network configuration, monitor the user activity inside the virtual network and more quickly identify potential problems.

"Trusted Network Technologies lets us offer our customers complete visibility into their virtual environments, while helping them control and report on all of their virtual assets, said David Able, president of LogicsOne LLC., a VMware partner and integration specialist. Our customers need an effective way to track virtual machine activity and simplify regulatory compliance TNT makes that possible."

VdeskTools will debut at VMworld booth #430 and ships Sept. 28th with a free downloadable version at

TNT Delivers Virtual Network Visibility

VdeskTools builds on TNTs expertise in identifying and monitoring users and machines within a corporate network. VdeskTools includes capabilities to assign unique tracking identifiers to all virtual desktops and all users in the virtual environment, and to efficiently instrument the virtual desktops and the virtual network so that all activity can be tracked. Administrators can define policies for virtual desktops in an easy-to-use Policy Center, which are then monitored throughout the virtual network. VdeskTools also provides extensive reporting capabilities, including report templates to meet regulatory requirements such as PCI, HIPAA and SOX as well as the ability to design custom reports.

Desktop virtualization is a small but increasingly active sector of the overall virtualization market, said Neil MacDonald, vice president and Gartner fellow. There are compelling reasons to virtualize desktops, just as there are compelling reasons to virtualize servers. However, in the rush to virtualize, some organizations may inadvertently create new manageability problems or security concerns. In many cases, additional or compensating controls will be needed where virtualization obscures the visibility of existing security and management tools. The time for organizations to address these issues is during planning, not after a problem occurs.

TNT is an official VMware® Technology Alliance Partner (TAP), bringing VMware customers new management and policy monitoring capabilities for virtualized desktops. VMware is the recognized market leader for virtualization platforms, with more than 23,000 organizations and an estimated 85 percent share of the market for virtualization software.

Customers who are moving forward with desktop virtualization projects are gaining huge benefits but they are also facing new challenges, said William Malik, TNT CTO. Visibility into the virtual environment, including the virtual desktops and the virtual network itself, can be greatly beneficial both for manageability and for policy compliance. TNT is providing a new set of tools to instrument virtual desktops and the virtual network, and the result is an environment where visibility and policy assurance are unparalleled.

VdeskTools will start at $10,000 for the starter pack version. A free version will also be available for single instances of VMware ESX or VMware Server.

Published Wednesday, September 12, 2007 6:51 AM by David Marshall
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