Provision Networks' main product is Virtual Access Suite which competes with several of Citrix's products (mainly Citrix Presentation Server). I've always thought that Provision's products were really cool, except they were not very popular because a lot of people didn't feel comfortable buying a product from a small relatively-unknown vendor, regardless of how cool the product was. This has been the case for awhile, with Provision just sort of quietly cranking out their products year after year in obscurity.
That all changed a few months ago when Quest Software, a $500M company, bought Provision Networks. At that time I speculated that this could really give Provision the shot in the arm they needed to catapult them into the mainstream. (What do you think? Check out the 51 reader comments from that November 2007 article.)
Provision has made really cool and innovative products for years. Now as part of Quest the have the financial backing to really give Citrix a run for their money. The only missing piece is a few evangelists in the industry to help spread the word.
Enter Jeff and Patrick. Both of them are Provision Networks VIPs (Provision's technical recognition program), so they're both obviously fans of Provision's products. They're also both Microsoft Terminal Server MVPs. And finally, Jeff and Patrick were also both Citrix CTPs, although as of January 1 they've stepped down from that position as it would obviously be a conflict of interest. (Brad Nunn, the admistrator of the CTP program, doesn't return back from his holiday vacation until Monday. Tough way to start the new year!)
Photos: Jeff Pitsch on the left presenting at BriForum 2006 Washington DC. Patrick Rouse on the right presenting at BriForum Europe 2006. Photo credits: Pete Duvall
So congratulations to Jeff and Patrick! This is a fantastic opportunity for them to help shape the future Quest products and to really shake up the industry. And congratulations to Provision Networks and Quest Software. This is exactly what they need to do to help get the word out about their products.
The bottom line is that Provision Networks offers compelling competition to several of Citrix's products. Whether you like Provision or not, or whether you would ever use anything other than Citrix or not, I think everyone can agree that competition for Citrix is definitely not a bad thing. It will keep everyone on their toes.