Q&A with Prediction Madness winner John Whaley of MokaFive - Page 2
VSM: Can you tell us more about MokaFive and how they are helping to influence this jumpstart?
JW: MokaFive is helping to influence this jumpstart via our most recent announcement. As of April 14th, Quest Software announced a partnership with MokaFive discussing how the two companies will bring tremendous benefits to both organizations, and most importantly, our collective customers.
Through its vWorkspace product line, Quest has been able to deliver Windows desktops and applications to a tremendous array of computing devices in a virtual environment, but they will now be able to extend their offering to mobile/disconnected users. By adding MokaFive to the existing Quest vWorkspace product line, Quest now offers the most complete set of desktop virtualization solutions for an enterprise.
From our perspective, the ability for Quest to offer this solution to 100,000+ customers is very exciting. It opens MokaFive up to entirely new distribution channels that only a partner like Quest can bring to the table. By expanding our reach through the channel we can continue to stay ahead of the innovation cycle by keeping a razor sharp focus on bringing world-class desktop virtualization solutions to the market.
In addition, this partnership provides further validation of our approach and the value of our solution. Quest was very rigorous in its selection process, and we’re proud that Quest selected MokaFive as the one solution that could meet all of their needs from a deployment, technology & ease of manageability perspective, and well beyond.
VSM: Can you tell us what sets MokaFive solutions apart from its competitors?
JW: For us, innovation is fundamental to our differentiation and our solutions provide the best end-user experience, coupled with the industry’s best ROI. Our competitive differentiation stems from the following unique capabilities:
- MokaFive’s client-side solution can serve up to 5,000 users per server, and local execution allows users to have anytime, anywhere access, including offline.
- Virtual layers enable IT to maintain a single standardized image, while allowing users to customize apps and data.
- Rejuvenation provides users a single click recovery mechanism, allowing them to restore themselves from malware, blue screen or a poorly behaving system.
- Broadest set of management policies provide granular IT admin control.
- Only real secure access from personal machines, wrapped with seven layers of security.
VSM: In a recent announcement, MokaFive introduced the support for Mac. How do you expect this new solution to help push further VDI adoption for larger corporate projects?
JW: Mac has been a big driver for BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer), which has turned into a driver for desktop virtualization. Users want to use Macs at work, but the existing IT infrastructure is all Microsoft. One great solution is to supply the corporate Windows environment in a securely managed virtual machine, which can be run on any hardware, including Macs. This makes it easy for IT to support, while end-users are happy because they get to use Macs. For a desktop virtualization initiative to be successful, you need to make sure the users are getting something out of it. Flexibility and the ability to use different hardware is a great feature from the users' point of view.