Quest vWorkspace

Some time back, Quest Software purchased Provision Networks. They have sense re-branded and re-released their Virtual Access Suite (VAS) product line as vWorkspace.

Earlier this year, I got the opportunity to work with Patrick Rouse from Quest, he is a Microsoft MVP and a well published writer. This was a Proof of Concept to determine if Quest vWorkspace 6.x could replace our Citrix XenApp 4.5 farm. After a thorough testing and analysis, we determined Quest could replace Citrix, and possibly surpass the XenApp offerings in key areas. The next step, beyond a PoC, is a pilot roll out, which has not been completed yet due to time constraints.

However, I wanted to mention a few other things from Quest. I REALLY like this product, the company, and the engineering staff. Everyone I have met at Quest has been personable, knowledgeable and willing to answer all my questions (or hunt down the answer for me). I feel they provide an Enterprise solution, but with a start-up’s flexibility and resolution time. They maintain a comprehensive blog for information release as well.

Along with ease of installation, configuration, and management; their universal printing solution and profile management make maintaining an enterprise deployment very simple. Like everything, the devil is in the details, but Quest and their staff make vWorkspace robust yet not overly complex.

Of course, vWorkspace is not just application virtualization. If it was, it would still rock. It does much more. vWorkspace is really designed to be an all-in-one broker for your virtual platforms… this includes App Delivery (via Terminal Services) as well as VDI.

My background has been primarily Citrix/Terminal Services, which is how I was first introduced to Quest. However, as I have branched more into ESX and VDI, I see more opportunity for Quest in the marketplace. Their VDI manager integrates nicely with VMWare ESX or Hyper-V (plus several other hypervisors), allowing for permanent or temporary desktops to be served on demand from templates. Since the management interface is the same, you can manage your TS APPS and your VDI from the same location, using the same toolset. As a matter of fact, you can even manage your existing Citrix servers from the vWorkspace console as well!

If you are in the market, I highly recommend checking out vWorkspace. It should be considered against Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, or ESX View.

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