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Simplifying the Monitoring of Multi-Hypervisor Infrastructures Over the years, many enterprises have achieved tremendous cost reductions and management simplicity through virtualizing their IT infrastructure. According to Gartner, while some firms have virtualized over 90% of their servers, on an average, most firms have over 75% of their servers in a virtualized infrastructure, indicating the growth and maturity of the x86 server virtualization market. VMware dominated the virtualization market for several years but organizations are now also adopting other hypervisors such as Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Oracle VM Server, Red Had Virtualization, etc. Additionally, the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is an alternative for handling virtualization in Linux environments. And, the advent of hyper-converged infrastructures has introduced new hypervisors such... (more)

Distributed Desktop Virtualization to Transform Enterprise Desktops

SAN JOSE -- August 19, 2009 -- Wanova, Inc. today announced Distributed Desktop Virtualization (DDV) - an entirely new architecture that transforms how companies manage, support and protect desktops and laptops, particularly remote and mobile endpoints. The Wanova DDV solution centralizes the entire desktop contents in the data center for management and protection purposes while distributing the execution of desktop workloads to the endpoints for superior user experience. In related news, the company has emerged from stealth mode and announced $13 million in A-round funding. [See related news release at] “Despite its promises, adoption of desktop virtualization has been limited, largely due to the constraints of today’s point solutions. The problem can’t be solved solely by targeting the client, the server or even the WAN,” said Issy Ben... (more)

Wyse Launches New Class of Virtual Clients

New Wyse C class Thin Clients Combine Breakthrough Performance, Compactness, and Energy Efficiency while Integrating PC, Phone and TV Functionality into One Single Platform for the Enterprise Users LONDON, UK. – 8 Sept 09 - Wyse Technology, the global leader in thin computing and client virtualization, today announced the release of the Wyse C class, the new standard in compact, high-performance thin clients.  A new benchmark in thin computing has been set by its small size, low TCO and excellent performance.  Wyse's new C class thin clients feature innovative, rich multimedia using a separate hardware graphic accelerator for unparalleled performance in its class.  Its local multimedia performance also ensures a lighter load on the central server, enabling Wyse's original Collaborative Processing Architecture™ to deliver the best user experience using VMware View 3... (more)

The First Full-Function, Cloud-Based Desktop as a Service

Sun Microsystems today announced the availability of a new cloud-based Desktop as a Service for educational institutions. Sun and Ashbourne Technology Group are now offering a secure, cost-effective computing solution delivered anytime, anywhere via the Internet that provides a rich, virtual desktop experience for all leading Operating Systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris to nearly any client device, including Sun Ray thin clients and other platforms with Java-based browsers. The Sun Ray device's zero-maintenance and 4-5 watt power draw makes it one of the greenest desktop solutions on the market today. Sun also offers the Sun Ray technology with built-in VPN security so that parents, teachers and administrators can feel secure about the privacy and security of students on the network. The Sun Desktop as a Service solution, part of Sun's ... (more)

Citrix XenServer Helps Rankin County Go Virtual

Click Here for Instant Virtualization! XenServer. Enterprise-class. Cloud-proven. Free. Join the rapidly growing community of IT professionals who choose Citrix XenServer for their virtualization platform. Citrix Systems, Inc. announced that Rankin County, which ranks among the top 10 percent of fastest-growing U.S. counties, has deployed Citrix XenServer to upgrade, consolidate and maintain the county's server infrastructure. XenServer is an open and powerful server virtualization solution that helps reduce datacenter costs by transforming static and complex datacenter environments into more dynamic, easy to manage IT service delivery centers. The IT team for Rankin County, Mississippi serves more than 20 departments across disparate locations. Technology support across the county includes the 911 emergency call center, police officers on patrol and county government ... (more)

PaaS vs. Managed Virtualization

I’ve been reading a few discussions on how to more effectively manage development of a Flex project. And the reason many are looking for a solution has nothing to do with Flex, per say, but has more to do with the complexity of our development environments. The hidden reason is cost. Cost for setting up each developer environment. Cost of licenses. The bigger reason is, or should be, security. Enter Platform as a Service (PaaS) to the conversation. Although the idea of using the cloud for development is good in theory, it can be cost prohibitive. Here is why: • The cost of using the cloud. In reality, you’ll end up spending around $1k per computing instance per year. i.e. per developer • You still have to license any development tools for each developer seat. Check your EULA, they typically address ways of circumventing license requirements via virtualization. You ... (more)

Microsoft Accelerates Desktop Virtualization

Microsoft Session at Cloud Expo Microsoft on Tuesday announced new investments around desktop virtualization technologies and solutions, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), to help organizations of all sizes increase flexibility, employee productivity and IT cost savings. "Employees crave options in where and how they work. And yet, IT still needs to enforce security and compliance of devices. The business is being pulled in two directions," said Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of the Management and Services Division at Microsoft. "Microsoft's desktop virtualization strategy is unique in addressing this balance. It builds on existing investments and comprehensive management to mitigate risks and control costs, while still equipping end users to be more productive from anywhere." Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! ... (more)

Study: Most VDI Proof-of-Concepts Fail

There is a lot of speculation about whether 2010 will be the year VDI hits its stride.  We all know intuitively there is a huge market for desktop virtualization given the large installed base of PCs that need to be refreshed - the questions are, how quickly will this market adopt desktop virtualization and is the technology addressing needs sufficiently  to drive broad market acceptance? Our point-of-view, from having worked with VDI over the past decade, is that the demand for virtual desktops is real, but for widespread adoption two things are needed: the technology needs to be less expensive than PCs and it must be easy to use. Interestingly, several studies have pointed out the same - just this week I just saw an article from a business consulting firm who said that most VDI proof-of-concepts are failing. The first two of their three reasons relate to cost and t... (more)

Snowmageddon…and Desktop Virtualization

Virtualization Track at Cloud Expo After a long and unseasonably snowy winter in the Southeastern U.S., my thoughts have now turned to Red Sox spring training, golfing with the kids and desktop virtualization.  Having spent most of my adult life in the Northeast, snow is a part of life and barely considered beyond the sidewalk shoveling and traffic delays.  Case in point: in Boston, it seems that you need two feet of snow before schools are canceled. Not so in the Southeast.  Twice in the past three years, schools have been canceled on the threat of snow – with barely a flake materializing in either case.  When the weather does hit – as it has repeatedly this winter – schools, businesses and even local government are disrupted.  Recently, the District of Columbia suffered almost a week of downtime due to a late-season blizzard. Most government agencies were runnin... (more)

Kaviza Takes Investment from Citrix

We announced last week that we took an investment from Citrix. You can read about the investment in our press release and the media articles that covered it.  Why did we choose this investment?  Quite simply, because we felt this would help us best serve our goals of  leading the market in making desktop virtualization affordable and simple. The investment by Citrix validates Kaviza's business model and architectural design.  Our grid architecture fundamentally changes VDI economics by eliminating the expensive infrastructure costs that make current approaches tough to digest.    We are also excited by the opportunity to work together with Citrix going forward.  We are going to be at the Citrix Synergy show in May, so if you are planning to come, do stop by booth #613. ... (more)

Wyse Brings Mobility to Cloud Computing

Wyse Technology on Wednesday announced the launch of the Wyse X50c mobile thin client with PCoIP and a new, more powerful software system. Ideally suited for campus roaming access to virtual desktops, the Wyse X50c provides a flexible yet secure lightweight device that’s easier to manage and support remotely. As organizations seek to support more flexible working with virtualized environments across campus office sites, they want to deploy clients without issues of securing, managing and updating individual clients. The current approach is to use normal laptop PCs, but those devices carry an inherent risk of data theft or loss. Not only is this not secure, it is also inconvenient for users to have to navigate the local operating system to reach their remote workspace. The new Wyse X50c mobile client (based on Wyse-enhanced SUSE Linux) is designed for simple and se... (more)