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Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

So it would seem that Provision and Leostream are almost going head to head with getting their message out there regarding Desktop Brokers? I wonder how long VMware is going to keep Dunes version of DS-O under wraps after the recent acquisition? Seems to me they'd better not leave it too long? :-)

Provision Networks, provider of enterprise presentation and desktop virtualization solutions, announced the latest version of the company's VDI connection broker - Virtual Access Suite 5.9.

"While many vendors are rushing to market with their first generation technologies, our third-generation Virtual Access Suite sets the standard by which VDI solutions are judged," said Paul Ghostine, co-Founder and CEO of Provision Networks. "We are very pleased with our latest release which incorporates the feedback from many customers and partners, and accounts for hundreds of new use case scenarios we've encountered in production deployments."

The beta release of Virtual Access Suite 5.9 offers tighter integration with VMware VI3, Virtual Iron and Microsoft technologies. It also offers more features, better flexibility, stronger security, higher scalability and resiliency.

The 5.9 version adds a huge laundry list of enhancements that include:

  • Tighter Integration with Microsoft Active Directory: Provides for the auto-creation and auto-removal of AD computer objects upon creation or deletion of virtual machines.
  • Support for Multiple Resource Pools and Data Stores: Allows for the mass creation of virtual machines across multiple resource pools and data stores.
  • Semi-Permanent VM Assignment: Provides for the automated assignment of a new temporary but dedicated virtual machine, until the original permanent VM becomes accessible.
  • Power State Transition Management: A new VM power state called "Changing" marks the occurrence of an OS reboot or shutdown, thus resulting in a VM power-state transition.
  • Scheduled VM Power Operations: Enables VM's to be automatically powered on and suspended at the start and conclusion of a business day, respectively. This ensures VM's are always powered on during work hours, and powered off shortly after employees conclude their work day.
  • Bandwidth Virtualization: Integrated support for Expand Networks WAN optimization and application acceleration.
  • Virtual Channel Policies: Enables policy-based access to local devices over RDP, including drives, printers, smart cards, clipboard, audio, and serial ports.
  • Enhanced Printing Support: New font management capabilities deliver superior print quality and reliability, as well as drastic print job size reductions compared to other universal print drivers.
  • New AppPortal Look and Feel: A modern Web 2.0 new design enhances the look and usability of the most popular Windows client interface for Terminal Server and hosted desktops. To learn more, you can watch one of Provision Networks' demos, here.

Or, you can download a trial of their product, here.

Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 3:48 PM | Back to top

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