According to Pagani, delivering a virtual Windows desktop to an iPad creates a standardized environment that simplifies management across any number of users. iPad users will be able to get all the richness of Windows applications in a familiar, lightweight, and mobile device that improves productivity.
But for IT departments, perhaps the bigger news from Quest is the release of the vWorkspace Connector for Zero PCs, a concept the company says will help corporations save money while extending the life of older PCs.
With the vWorkspace Connector for Zero PCs, businesses can repurpose aging computer systems that aren't quite fitting the bill any longer by turning them into virtual thin clients running vWorkspace. The connector breathes new life into those machines that don't meet the specifications necessary to upgrade to Windows 7 and allows them to run the newer operating system much like it does with the mobile iPad device.
The vWorkspace Connector for Zero PCs virtually eliminates both CapEx and OpEx associated with upgrading or refreshing PCs.
"Cost savings start with the elimination of the procurement process -- a time and resource intensive project -- and continue with the elongation of the entire refresh cycle," said Pagani. "Zero PCs eliminate the downtime associated with swapping out computers, training users on new systems, and the potential time waste from loss data. Aging systems otherwise headed for the trash are now candidates for migrating to Windows 7, using the vWorkspace Connector for Zero PCs. This further simplifies management for IT staffs, plus leverages a company's investments in data center servers."
If you are ready to give the vWorkspace Connector for Zero PCs a try, you can get the beta release from the Quest vWorkspace Community. Quest is still in the trial phase with iPad connector, but it should be available for download at the Apple App Store sometime soon.
This article, "Quest announces vWorkspace iPad and Zero PC connectors," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in virtualization and cloud computing at InfoWorld.com.