Quest and MokaFive have announced a partnership in which Quest will bundle the MokaFive client virtualization solution with its own VDI connection broker software, calling it the vWorkspace MokaFive Suite. The solution will be able to provide a local Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution, which will be able to manage, secure and deliver virtual desktops to Windows and Mac. With this combined solution Quest now has the opportunity to support client based VMs running on top of VMware Player or Fusion, Virtual Box or Parallels Workstation, or even the MokaFive BareMetal hypervisor which MokaFive is developing when it will be released.
Brian Madden wonders if this new combined solution will be able to compete against the Citrix FlexCast or VMware View solutions. Quoting Brian:
So will the Quest/MokaFive deal impact Citrix & VMware? Probably not. Those who love Citrix love Citrix. Those who love VMware love VMware. And poor Quest definitely suffers from a mindshare problem with it comes to Virtual Desktops. Their products have always been technically strong (at least for datacenter-based desktops), but with both Citrix & VMware ratcheting up the "local VM" rhetoric over the past year, this was a big hole in Quest’s offerings, and this MokaFive deal is a big help for them. (And we’ll see how fast they can execute their integration roadmap to get some true integration.)