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Quest Offer Makes Microsoft Desktop Virtualisation Available to All

Quest Software : 15 July, 2010  (New Product)
Cost reduction offer available until the end of the year on Quest's vWorkspace Enterprise licences bringing the cost down for deployments of Microsoft desktop virtualisation
Quest Software has announced a limited time offer to drive desktop virtualization adoption. Until December 31, 2010, Microsoft is providing a 70% discount on its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Standard Suite for up to 250 devices or 20% of a customer's desktops covered by a Client Access License (CAL) or Enterprise Client Access Licence suite, whichever is less, through an Enterprise or Select, Open Value, or Campus and School family of agreements. Quest is offering a 50% discount, through December 31, 2010, on Quest vWorkspace Enterprise licenses for up to 500 devices, providing virtual desktop management and delivery for VDI, Terminal Server/Session Host and App-V deployments.

"We don't have the budget of a 10,000 person company, but we have to deliver the same level of service with limited IT staff," said David Pugliese, system engineer at AccuData Integrated Marketing. "VDI gives people a flexible environment for getting the job done. Other solutions we evaluated had limited flexibility, with a rigid design and approach at a higher cost. Quest vWorkspace provided cost-effective seamless integration and support for the Microsoft virtualization stack, together with comprehensive management functionality from a single interface. Unlike solutions that have different consoles for each functional area, Quest vWorkspace allows us to focus on delivering value versus learning and re-learning disparate management tools."

"By creating a lower cost entry point, we are making it much easier for organizations of all sizes in all industries to implement desktop virtualization and experience the benefits firsthand without a large upfront investment," said Simon Pearce, vice-president and general manager, Desktop Virtualization Group, Quest Software. "There is huge value in virtualizing desktops and applications and we want all interested parties to enjoy a cost-effective path to those benefits."

'These offers encourage customers to explore the many benefits of desktop virtualization as a complement to their existing investment in Microsoft technologies,' said Chandra Shekaran, general manager of Remote Desktop Virtualization, Server and Tools Business at Microsoft. "The Quest offer combines VDI support with other desktop and application choices to expand the capabilities of Windows Server in an integrated solution for our joint customers."

The special offer from Quest makes Quest vWorkspace Enterprise available for the annual fee of $34.50 per device and includes 24x7 Business Critical Support and Software Maintenance. The vWorkspace promotion is good for up to 500 devices. Unlike other offers in the market that are only valid for the initial term of one year, the Quest offer can be renewed at the same price for two additional annual terms, making it good for a three year period for purchases completed before December 31, 2010.

Quest vWorkspace aggregates Microsoft Windows application and desktop delivery by supporting multiple VDI platforms (Hyper-V, Parallels, ESX), as well as Remote Desktop Session Host (Terminal Server), App-V and Physical/Blade PCs, enabling organizations to configure the most cost-effective mix to meet diverse user needs. Quest vWorkspace manages, provisions, and brokers connections to these desktop virtualization platforms, transforming the desktop infrastructure into an on-demand service with an optimized experience for LAN and WAN users.
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