Quest and Virtual Computer to take on Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View

“Quest Software and Virtual Computer announced a technology alliance to deliver a desktop virtualization and management solution meeting the end-to-end computing needs of large enterprises.  This technology provides anywhere, anytime access to both centralized and distributed end-user environments through the integration of Quest® vWorkspace client and Virtual Computer NxTop 3.0 enterprise platform. The combined solution will dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of deploying and managing corporate desktops, while improving desktop delivery options for stationary and mobile users”. So ran the Virtual Computer announcement just before the kick-off for VMworld. You can read the full announcement here, which joined a flurry of initiatives from Quest.

In considering desktop virtualization many solely focus on solutions provided by Citrix and VMware. Quest’s vWorkspace has the background in delivering server based computing solutions to optimize the desktop; it has enterprise implementations. Quest Software are arguably The Quiet Man of desktop virtualization. Can these announcements help provide Quest Software the opportunity to herald vWorkspace can match, if not best, features that Citrix, VMware and other VDI vendors provide? Does the alliance offer Virtual Computer a wider opportunity to demonstrate how their NxTop solution can be used to deliver on desktop management? How does this announcement change what options are available to you in delivering you desktop strategy?

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VMware, Novell and the CVP

There has been a lot of noise about a negotiations between VMware and Novell, rumors are that it regards the purchase of the SUSE division,  now firstly every thing that follows is pure supposition on my part, I have no insider knowledge.  A fellow analyst, Mike Norman, has put forward one argument on why a VMware purchase of Novell SUSE assets makes  good corporate sense,  however I would like put another idea into the fray.
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Virtual Desktop Security: Best Practices

The Virtualization Security Podcast on 9/16 was the first in a series of Virtual Desktop Security discussions we will be having. The special guest panelist was Bill McGee from Trend Micro who helped us to understand their implementation of Deep Security 7.5’s Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware (AV collectively) within the virtual desktop.

Trend Micro’s product makes use of enabling technology within vShield Endpoint to provide offloaded AV and Anti-Malware scanning of virtual machines using only one set of rules and one VM to do the actual scanning. Removing the per VM rule set and processing that currently takes place within the VM. Continue reading Virtual Desktop Security: Best Practices

Will VMware acquire SUSE to build a clone of Microsoft Azure?

Rumors have intensified since our post back in June suggesting VMware might acquire SUSE Linux from Novell as part of a “fire sale” of Novell’s assets. Much of the rationale we articulated has been repeated in posts on other sites.

  • VMware would get, a widely-adopted operating system with great application and tool support.
  • VMware would have a long-term strategy to compete with Microsoft at the Operating System level in case Hyper-V became the dominant hypervisor under Windows.
  • VMware would have the last major layer in its SpringSource platform, now re-named vFabric

However, nobody has picked up on another point we made:

If VMware buys Novell, it can create an entire clone of Microsoft Azure without a single piece of Microsoft software in the stack. Continue reading Will VMware acquire SUSE to build a clone of Microsoft Azure?

View 4.5 Availability and Enhancements

After a series of delays, communication failures and marketing mis-steps that left many customers frustrated and confused, VMware finally shipped View 4.5 on September 9th.

Anticipating the formal announcement was a widely leaked report that View 4.5 would ship without Virtual Profiles, the user profile management solution that VMware OEMed from RTO Software in fall 2009.  VMware finally confirmed that the leak was correct on the first day of VMworld 2010, but even then held back from announcing its interim solution until after the formal product launch. Then rather than simply offer View customers a copy of Virtual Profiles as a standalone product, VMware chose instead to partner with Liquidware Labs to enable them to offer Liquidware Labs’ ProfileUnity to View customers at a substantial discount.  While VMware’s position is that Virtual Profiles will ship with View 4.5 at some point in the future, the decision to offer ProfileUnity instead did nothing to address the concerns of potential customers, especially those who might finish up paying twice for a profile management system. The only good news for View customers is that ProfileUnity’s agent-less and database-less architecture should make the future migration to Virtual Profiles a simple matter when the time comes to move. Continue reading View 4.5 Availability and Enhancements

VMware’s 5 Businesses and the “New Stack”

At VMworld 2010 Paul Martiz presented VMware’s strategy as a new stack of software which addresses the Data Center, the Cloud, Applications Platforms, End User Access to applications and how all of this is going to managed and automated. This is a full articulation of how broadly and deeply VMware intends to change the systems software industry, and why one can now credibly argue that VMware has become (instead of Microsoft and Red Hat) the most important systems software vendor in the world. Continue reading VMware’s 5 Businesses and the “New Stack”