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Lakeside Software to Accelerate VMware Desktop Virtualization Assessments

Lakeside Software announced today a new partnership with VMware to assist customers and partners in adopting desktop virtualization based on VMware View. VMware Technical Services Professionals (VTSPs), including the VMware Professional Services Organization (PSO), will be able to leverage Lakeside Software SysTrack assessment, design and planning tools to support and accelerate VMware View and VMware ThinApp deployment opportunities in pre-sales and post-sales desktop assessments. Under terms of the agreement between the companies, VMware Professional Services Partners around the world will be able to leverage SysTrack software in desktop virtualization projects.

SysTrack is a powerful tool suite for helping organizations plan and optimize application delivery strategies, realize substantial savings in desktop and application costs all while optimizing the end user experience.

Over the past several years, SysTrack has gained substantial traction as one of the industry’s tools of choice for assessment and design of desktop virtualization projects. With over 300 systems integrators and partners, Lakeside Software technologies are used in enterprise scale virtualization projects worldwide. Arrow Electronics provides distribution for SysTrack products, providing global reach.

“SysTrack provides a comprehensive, real-world view of the activity taking place across an organization’s desktop computing environment,” stated Mike Schumacher, Chief Technical Officer at Lakeside Software. “SysTrack provides accurate assessment information to plan and implement a successful virtual desktop platform, and delivers it in a packaged report format that provides easy-to-understand answers to the various stakeholders involved in the process.”

SysTrack has rapidly gained momentum in helping enterprise customers assess and plan for desktop optimization and virtualization because it delivers a process-oriented approach that spans the full range of technologies needed during the desktop project lifecycle. Beginning with discovery and assessment, continuing with design and capacity planning, business case development through ROI modeling and ending with ongoing end user experience management, only SysTrack provides the needed continuum of tools required for success.

In the early phases of virtualization projects, customers gain automated assessment and discovery that helps them to identify the best candidates based on real usage patterns and conditions. In subsequent phases, customers gain tools that help design desktop pools, servers, storage and networks that optimize results. They leverage capacity planning tools that size and scope environments accurately. In project approval phases, automated ROI models help provide costing and justification. During pilot phases, SysTrack tools validate results and build confidence in rollout plans. Finally, ongoing management and diagnostic tools help ensure that the best end user experience is achieved.

“Desktop assessments with robust tools such as SysTrack significantly help customers accelerate the benefits of desktop virtualization and validate the optimal path to implementation in their organizations,” said Andy Knosp, Senior Director of VMware Professional Services, VMware. “This solution will help our professional services partners get customers on the path to cloud computing faster while improving end user experience.”

“Desktop Virtualization can significantly improve the user experience, application delivery and productivity at lower cost of ownership,” concluded Schumacher. “Formalization of our relationship with VMware validates our efforts to date in accelerating these projects, and will allow both organizations to deliver greater value to our joint customers.”

Here’s what industry partners have to say about Lakeside Software and SysTrack:

"Partnering with Lakeside Software has enabled Mainline to extend our leadership in the rapidly expanding market for desktop virtualization on VMware View. Our competitive advantage as a business partner lies within our expertise and real-world experience in VDI deployments. In the hands of our virtualization experts, the SysTrack toolset from Lakeside empowers our customers with unprecedented decision-making details, enabling better up-front planning with critical post-deployment oversight, ultimately leading to a more successful VDI implementation."

- Donn Bullock, Vice President of Sales Virtualization & Cloud Computing Mainline Information Systems

“As virtual desktops are becoming more of a reality for organizations around the globe, it’s requiring the collaboration of multiple solutions to help companies succeed in solving their wide range of challenges. By combining the proven virtualization power of VMware with the assessment and monitoring expertise of Lakeside Software, organizations can successfully achieve their VDI goals and take full advantage of our user workspace management solutions to make the most of their infrastructure investment.”

- Jim Kirby, President, Americas of RES Software

“Agilysys works closely with VMware and Lakeside Software to enable our customers to realize the full business value of Virtual Desktop computing. Using SysTrack, Agilysys works with our customers to determine the client application workload for migration to a virtualized environment. The end result is Agilysys and Lakeside Software are providing customers with visibility to their end-user workload, thereby reducing the time and resource requirements for implementation. Lakeside SysTrack Solution enables Agilysys to deliver Desktop Virtualization projects with short sales cycles, increased adoption rates with a great return on investment for the customer.”

- Tom Baehr, Vice President, Marketing and Advanced Solutions, Agilysys

"SysTrack software allows our team to deliver Desktop Virtualization solutions with a high degree of precision. By partnering with Lakeside, we are able to systematically increase sales and decrease the implementation time frames.”

- Jonathan Groves, VP, Professional Services, INX Inc.

Published Monday, August 16, 2010 3:20 PM by David Marshall
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