Now I have to admit I have always had a bit of a soft spot for RemoteScan, it is one of those venerable SBC add-ons that always made a Citrix deployment easier especially in the Legal market space. That said, I was under the impression that they had disappeared as their marketing machine had been very quiet these past 18 months.
So what does RemoteScan do? RemoteScan provides the ability to scan documents into a remote session. There is something elegant about taking one simple task and producing a functional program and RemoteScan did that very well.
But what about the Quest acquisition? I feel that it makes a lot of sense. there is a lot of synergy between virtual desktops and remote scanning, remember almost every assistant or secretary in the world at one time or another has had to scan a document.
Doug Garn (CEO Quest Software) has made a canny purchase here, this is another addition for vWorkplace that will move the broker further up the stack. vWorkplace is starting to get a lot of traction in the VDI space with its large array of desktop support and now with the purchase of RemoteScan, they are adding to the functionality of the product by expanding its ability to manage remote peripherals. This is always a weak spot in any SBC or VDI deployment. I wonder what other tools are in Quests sights, they do seem to be in an acquisitive mood again. Perhaps I could recommend a printing solution. There are plenty of companies still out there, UniPrint, TriCerat, or ThinPrint or the could look at a remote USB over IP product too, which would be handy. One thing is certain, this acquisition has made vWorkplace a little more rounded and a little more compelling if correctly integrated.
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Tom Howarth is an IT Veteran of over 20 years experience and is the owner of PlanetVM.Net Ltd, Tom is a moderator of the VMware Communities forum. He is a contributing author on VMware vSphere(TM) and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX and the Virtual Environment, and the forthcoming vSphere a Quick Guide. He regularly does huge virtualization projects for enterprises in the U.K. and elsewhere in EMEA. Tom was Elected vExpert for 2008 and each subsequent year thereafter.