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Quest Software and Parallels Launch Bundled Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Solution
Quest Software Inc. (Nasdaq: QSFT), and Parallels today launched a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) bundle that offers enterprises a centralized Windows desktop deployment and management platform. The end-to-end stack significantly reduces the management and security headache of desktop computing, and reduces the investment required in hardware and software licenses.

The combination of Parallels Virtuozzo Containers server virtualization and Quest’s Provision Networks Virtual Access Suite (VAS) desktop brokering and management solution simplifies desktop and image management, improves security, addresses regulatory compliance and offers the most cost-efficient approach to terminal services.

“The bundled VDI solution from Quest Software and Parallels provides customers with a unique offering of high consolidation ratios and a reduction in image management requirements," said Michael Rose, Research Analyst at IDC. "The combined platform can enable organizations to build a VDI infrastructure with high density that maximizes management efficiency."

Parallels Virtuozzo Containers enables users to run multiple workloads as isolated, simultaneously executing virtual environments called “containers”. Since it is installed on top of the operating system (OS), the containers use the resources of the underlying host OS, rather than needing their own. This means a far greater density of workloads can be run on a physical server: three times that of other approaches. In addition, fewer deployed OS instances means the solution is easier to manage and containers can be provisioned with applications and services on-the-fly, with a single click.

"By delivering up to three times the number of virtual desktops on each physical server, Parallels Virtuozzo Containers makes VDI a truly cost effective solution," said Paul Ghostine, VP and General Manager of Quest Software’s Provision Networks division. “We see this partnership as an opportunity to further extend our leadership in the VDI space by giving customers a variety of platform choices for their desktop virtualization needs.”

Provision Networks Virtual Access Suite is the only enterprise-grade Virtual Desktop Infrastructure solution, providing multi-platform integration and the most comprehensive desktop lifecycle management capabilities. These include automated provisioning, sysprep editing, AD integration, power management, support for application streaming, advanced brokering and arbitration, a complete scheduling infrastructure for automated task execution, and the best experience for LAN and WAN users.

“The combination of our two best-of-breed solutions offers customers a desktop computing solution that reduces management headaches and easily scales to meet the business’ needs,” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO, Parallels. "We are pleased to work with Quest Software’s Provision Networks Division, providing customers an easy path to centralizing, virtualizing and optimizing their desktop infrastructure.”

Published Tuesday, June 24, 2008 8:24 AM by David Marshall
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