In an effort to push desktop virtualization adoption, Quest has announced expanded device support for its vWorkspace product, which manages, secures, and provisions virtual desktop environments, as well as brokers connections and delivers virtual applications and desktops from multiple hypervisors. Quest hopes the expanded support will provide businesses that leverage vWorkspace more ways to embrace the benefits of virtual desktops, including lower costs and greater mobility.
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Quest recently introduced vWorkspace connector software for the Apple iPad and other mobile devices, extending the perimeter of IT resources for which Quest provides device management. And when attempting to expand the deployment of desktop virtualization through greater mobility, you couldn't do much better than connect with the iPad. Analyst firm Gartner recently said they expect the unit sales of media tablets to nearly triple to roughly 55 million next year. That growth trend is being driven in large part by sales of the iPad.
"Apple iPads exist in corporate America because of their popularity as a personal computing device, not because IT departments decided iPads served some strategic objective," said Mike Pagani, director of product marketing at Quest. "But as they are prevalent in today's business environment, and represent a very capable device, Quest created the vWorkspace Connector for iPads to help both IT departments and users maximize value."
Enabling desktop virtualization on the iPad also improves mobile user productivity by giving them greater desktop and application availability. The Quest vWorkspace connector allows the iPad to act as a thin client device for a virtualized desktop. In essence, it allows iPad users to run Windows 7, Linux, or any number of business-critical applications while mobile and away from their desks.