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RingCube Technologies Joins Microsoft System Center Alliance
RingCube Technologies, the leading provider of the managed virtual workspace, today announced that it has become a member of the Microsoft System Center Alliance. The RingCube vDesk solution enables enterprises to provide unmanaged workers such as contractors, consultants and outsourced workers with a secure managed virtual workspace that workers can use with their own PCs, while keeping applications, confidential data and network traffic completely isolated. Rather than providing each unmanaged worker with a dedicated PC, vDesk integrates with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to extend its provisioning, policy enforcement, and disaster recovery capabilities to unmanaged worker PCs using vDesk virtual workspaces.

“Workspace virtualization solutions offer isolation, without the added data center costs of servers, storage and other infrastructure resources that some other approaches require” said Ronni Colville, vice president and distinguished analyst, Gartner, Inc. “These tools also will more likely align with existing desktop management processes, but standards will be needed to enable mixing and matching of technologies.”

 Unmanaged workers such as contractors, consultants, outsourced or temporary employees often require a computing environment on a project basis to perform a specific set of tasks. These types of workers typically use their own PCs that are considered unmanaged or untrusted desktop computers from a corporate IT perspective. When their unmanaged workers are finished with their projects or reassigned, their workspaces can be revoked remotely, protecting corporate data from loss. By combining RingCube vDesk with Microsoft System Center, IT organizations can deploy a high-performance virtual desktop with an agent that:

·         Runs at 99% of the native host PC performance including full 3D graphics

·         Can be stored on a portable USB drive, unmanaged PC or network file share

·         Encrypts the virtual workspace using a Microsoft virtual hard drive (VHD) format

·         Isolates applications, data and network traffic from the unmanaged PC

·         Joins to the corporate domain as a separate computer and retains group policies (GPO)

·         Provides virtual network communication that supports VPN remote access

”Workspace virtualization is driving down the cost of delivering and managing a corporate desktop for unmanaged workers without the performance and cost compromises found in many legacy virtualization approaches,” said Doug Dooley, vice president of marketing, RingCube. “By partnering with the Microsoft System Center Alliance, RingCube is leveraging desktop management infrastructure that customers already have in place for physical PCs to deliver fully managed virtual workspaces that lower the cost of desktop management, increase provisioning speed and improve employee productivity.”

The aim of the System Center Alliance is to create, nurture and grow a strong partner ecosystem around the System Center suite of systems management products. Together the member solutions provide sophisticated and effective IT and systems management functionality.  Based on successful customer deployments, RingCube demonstrated that it has built an architecturally sound workspace virtualization layer that delivers a solution for unmanaged workers and leverages Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager.

“We are pleased to see RingCube vDesk integrate with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to deliver a managed virtual workspace to unmanaged workers,” said JD Marymee, director of strategic partner alliances, Management and Services Division at Microsoft Corp. “Mutual customers will benefit from increased deployment options and desktop mobility solutions while using their existing Windows management infrastructure. We are pleased to work with RingCube to further the capabilities offered by the System Center products and to help customers with their desktop virtualization deployments.”

Joining the Microsoft System Center Alliance is an example of RingCube’s ongoing collaboration with Microsoft. For more information on the Microsoft System Center Alliance please visit http://www.microsoft.com/sca. For more information about RingCube’s Alliance Partners: http://www.ringcube.com/portal/content/partners   

Pricing and Availability

vDesk is available immediately through RingCube. Pricing starts at $200 per user.

Published Monday, December 14, 2009 8:30 AM by David Marshall
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