Boosts WAN performance and integrates with Windows Server 2008 R2 remote desktop services
Quest Software has unveiled a new version of single virtualisation offering for application delivery and desktop deployments vWorkspace, which includes functionality enhancements including EOP Xtream to speed WAN performance, and integration with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services to automate deployment and administration.
According to Quest Software, the new offering integrates with the Remote Desktop Connection Broker to publish applications and desktops from different host platforms, including the Hyper-V-based Remote Desktop Virtualisation Host and the Remote Desktop Session Host, through interfaces including RemoteApp and Remote Desktop Web Access. It reduces the effects of network latency and eases setup and use of the services provided in the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system.
Quest vWorkspace automates and accelerates virtual desktop creation by cloning virtual hard disks using Hyper-V differencing disks in conjunction with System Center Virtual Machine Manager, the company said.
In addition, vWorkspace version 7.1 supports multiple centralised desktop platforms, including Microsoft Hyper-V-based virtual desktops, remote desktop session hosts and physical/blade PCs. It delivers advanced management capabilities including connection brokering, desktop provisioning and user experience optimisations, and provides support for Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V.
Simon Pearce, vice-president and general manager of desktop virtualisation group at Quest Software, said: “Acceptance of desktop virtualisation by remote users and branch office workers is critical to the continued adoption of virtual desktops, and we believe the enhancements in vWorkspace 7.1 show remarkable improvements by minimising resource requirements and enriching user desktop interaction.
“Our integration efforts with Microsoft deliver a significant reduction in administration costs, ease adoption of Windows 7 deployments, and help Microsoft customers get more value from their platform investments.”