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Kaviza Celebrates Citrix, VDI-in-a-box 3.0

It's looking like a good week for Citrix. First, of course, Synergy is happening, and along with it a raft of new product announcements (see this space tomorrow). In addition, Citrix HDX is getting repeated boosts from companies such as UniDesk and Kaviza, who have announced the incorporation of HDX in their products.

Kaviza also gave a nod to XenServer--which is looking more and more rehabilitated--by announcing its support for that Citrix product as well. In fact, Kaviza went so far as to say XenServer is "making it easy for Kaviza customers to host their VDI environments on a world-class platform at a far lower cost."--a far lower cost being zippo in the case of XenServer.

Almost as an afterthought to its praising of Citrix, Kaviza took the wraps off the beta version of its Kaviza VDI-in-a-box 3.0, which it says delivers turnkey virtual desktops for an "unprecedented" total cost per desktop of less than $500--including servers, software and support. Kaviza says 3.0 is the antidote to the high costs, intimidating complexity and under-performing user experience that have plagued some desktop virtualization solutions.

The company also says VDI-in-a-box "is designed specifically to fit departmental budgets and desktop IT expertise using a plug-and-play architecture that runs on commodity servers without requiring shared storage. Kaviza enables the desktop IT staff to deploy VDI or hosted virtual desktops without any specialized IT expertise. This innovative approach makes VDI less expensive than traditionally managed personal computers and generates immediate ROI."

Kaviza VDI Accelerator with Citrix HDX is an add-on designed to provide a high-definition user experience, and is available on all hypervisors supported by Kaviza. Kaviza VDI-in-a-box for XenServer enables users to leverage the company's hypervisor-agnostic design to select the most appropriate virtualization platform.

Last, and seemingly least, Kaviza points out that VDI-in-a-box "is also available for VMware ESX and vSphere."

Posted by Bruce Hoard on 05/11/2010 at 12:48 PM


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