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New, FREE, VDI Assessment Product Available from Quest
Quest Software, Inc.  today announced the availability of Quest VDI Assessment, a free product for automatically identifying the desktops and users within an organization that are best suited for virtualization. This technology is now available immediately from Assessing Desktop Virtualization on, allowing IT departments to begin self-assessment projects to analyze the potential benefits of desktop virtualization.

“Quest vWorkspace already allows for the selection of the right desktop virtualization technology for the right usage case,” said Mark Bowker, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. “Now, the free VDI Assessment from Quest helps take the guesswork out of deployment, and identifies targets for success right from the start.”

Quest VDI Assessment takes a platform-agnostic approach in its analysis, and allows organizations to weigh the suitability of different types of desktop virtualization technology, including VDI (hosted virtual desktops) and Terminal Server (Remote Desktop Session Host). A core theme of Quest’s approach is the recommendation to use a blend of these techniques to achieve the lowest average cost per user. Identifying which classes of users are best suited to each flavor of desktop virtualization is now considerably easier with Quest VDI Assessment.

“Quest is excited to make this excellent technology available free of charge” said Jon Rolls, division vice president of product management for Quest Software’s Desktop Virtualization Group. “By empowering IT departments to perform their own assessments, we expect to see faster adoption of desktop virtualization in all its forms, and to provide clear guidance on where to find the lowest hanging fruit in terms of which users and desktops to virtualize first.”

Quest VDI Assessment analyzes user behavior and desktop performance over time to build up a complete picture of application usage and resource consumption across the organization. After gathering data for 30 days or more, the administrator can then run reports to identify the best virtualization candidates for different virtualization technologies, and use these results to build an ROI model unique to their organization, quantifying the potential benefits of desktop virtualization.

Quest VDI Assessment is based on technology licensed from Liquidware Labs earlier this year, and has previously only been available through paid consulting engagements. Quest also will make the VDI Assessment product available to its growing channel of integrators and resellers, so they can deliver on-site expertise and guidance at the outset of a VDI evaluation.

Quest VDI Assessment Highlights

  • Determine which users and desktops are a best fit for VDI, Terminal Server/RD Session Host, Application Virtualization, and Physical PCs
  • Comprehensively analyze and create detailed reports of current network, user and application usage
  • Assess the viability of a Windows 7 deployment via desktop virtualization
  • Pre-determine desktop, network, datacenter, and storage needs before the virtualization project begins, so IT departments can build an effective plan and ensure success

Download the free assessment tool here.

Published Thursday, December 16, 2010 12:43 PM by David Marshall
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