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A Live Teradici Demo

I mentioned the other day that our upcoming issue features a story about the display protocol wars -- you know, the battle to make stuff like RDP, ICA, SPICE, and so on work better, which greatly enhances the end-user experience that will be critical to acceptance of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

A central thrust of the story is VMware's deal with Teradici to software-ize its PC-over-IP (PCoIP) offering. Currently, it exists as a hardware-only solution, but VMware wants to bring that kind of capability down to the software level. As you might guess, some folks are skeptical that any software version of a hardware device can get anywhere near hardware performance. Whether VMware can pull it off, or get its software PCoIP product anywhere close, is anyone's guess.

Since we just got the issue put to bed, I found it interesting that Brian Madden has a video up on his Website that takes a look at the Teradici device (the actual hardware, not the VMware software version). As you can see from the clip, PCoIP works quite well -- even video from the remote host looked good; not choppy or degraded, that I could tell.

It was an impressive performance from the Teradici device; if VMware can be in the neighborhood of this kind of performance, it could be a big win for its VDI efforts. A nice job by Brian, too.

Are you using Teradici? If so, I'd love to hear your feedback on what you think of it.

Posted by Keith Ward on 04/03/2009 at 12:48 PM


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