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Ecosystem or Feudal System?

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Game of Thrones recently kicked off its fourth season. And as a devoted fan, I cannot help but see the similarities between the battle for control of Westeros, the Iron Throne and the capital city, King’s Landing and the current gamesmanship developing in the IT Channel for control of the end-user experience, the IT infrastructure backbone, and the datacenter.

Much like the Channel, Westeros the fantasy realm of the HBO hit show, Game of Thrones, is made up of different families and kingdoms. For those who remember their Western Civilization courses, it is basically a feudal system under the mercurial rule of a corruptible monarchy, bordered on the north by snow zombies and hordes of non-allied “wildlings” and to the south east by dragons and a very angry ex-pat, who is raising an army to kill everyone back home.

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Ear Holed

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Football games are as much a part of Thanksgiving as turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. In football, there’s a term called getting “ear holed”. For those who have never played the greatest sport in America, the best definition I can provide is as follows: Ear Holed: A player being tackled/blocked from the side, leaving ones feet and potentially losing consciousness momentarily, without warning or seeing the hit coming. If you’re more visually inclined, check out this video clip. I think we can all agree no one wants to be #10 from Wisconsin in that moment. Continue reading

Selling Cloud-based Virtual Desktops: A Reality Check

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Ideas are cheap, the ability to execute is priceless. Nowhere else in technology is this more apparent than in the delivery of virtual desktops. Why you ask? Because virtual desktops put DaaS providers, their partners, and clients internal IT, directly in the crosshairs of the end users and their expectations. The margin for error is razor thin. If the end user cannot easily access their virtual desktop and work from their preferred device — the best laid plans, and cost benefits for leveraging virtualization at the desktop level are meaningless. Implementing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is not an easy endeavor. Many CIO’s and IT staff have been “restructured”, due to costly mistakes. There are big rewards for those who can successfully deliver DaaS and VDI offerings to the market. And as with anything worth doing there are going to be challenges and risks, especially for those looking for a simple transaction. Continue reading

3 ways to accelerate the DaaS conversation with customers

Making a decision to change how desktops are managed can be a little scary. After all, what if it doesn’t work as advertised.
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At Quest, we’ve developed three ways to address this, all free to your customers:
  1. Free DaaS Proof-of-Concept For your customers who are ready to explore DaaS, we have a free DaaS Proof-Of-Concept, which will help your customers understand very concretely how DaaS will work for them and what they’ll get from it. You’ll find that your customers can be wowed when they do the Proof-Of-Concept with, say, an iPad. Our DaaS Proof-Of-Concept is a two-step process, starting with an hour-long Webex meeting to discuss your customer’s specific needs and gather information. The Proof of Concept itself goes on for 10 days and uses your customer’s own end-point devices — like that iPad, or PCs or Macs — to connect from their location. During the Proof-Of-Concept, we test various protocols and put your customer’s applications and use-cases through their paces. This is a great way for your customer to get actual, real-world experience with Desktop-as-a-Service, including how it works with shared drives, Outlook/Exchange, and applications.
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Why you should sell Desktop-as-a-Service

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The first reason is crystal clear: Because your customers want it. A LOT — and right now. In the last six months at Quest, we’ve added thousands of DaaS seats across more than 50 new customers. This shows DaaS to be a hot topic — which makes it, so to speak, a foot in your customer’s door. Quest offers DaaS with a free, well-supported Proof-of-Concept (which I’ll describe in more detail in my next blog). This creates an effective Try-and-Buy model that easily serves as a “pilot.” So your customers can start out small and broaden their commitment to DaaS as their experience and comfort levels increase. Continue reading

Getting to know Desktop-as-a-Service

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I want to focus this time on a Cloud-based solution called Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS). DaaS is one of those technologies that both end-users and IT people like — because it doesn’t force end-users to change their work habits and it relieves IT of all kinds of desktop management hassles by putting all employee desktop images in the Cloud. By ‘desktop images’, I mean all of an end-user’s apps and data as well as the personalized look and feel of their desktop environment. So even though this ‘desktop image’ resides in the Cloud, each end-user’s customizable desktop environment looks and performs as usual. Continue reading