When your football team doesn't make it to the Super Bowl, your initial response might be something like, "Well, there's always next year." In the IT world, it could very well be that desktop virtualization or VDI is finally on its way to realizing its own "next year." Analysts and pundits have been claiming that 2011 could be the breakout year for VDI. If not, well, there's always next year.
Kaviza is one of the companies in this market that believes 2011 is going to be a terrific year for desktop virtualization. To reinforce that belief and help turn it into a reality, the company has announced a new version of its Kaviza VDI-in-a-box solution, bringing it to version 4.0.
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If you aren't familiar with the company's award-winning solution, you evidently didn't make it to Citrix Synergy or VMworld last year. Kaviza took home best-of-show awards at both conferences for its all-in-one VDI solution, which allows companies to run Windows images across multiple desktop systems served across a grid of inexpensive commodity servers. It also provides built-in high availability without requiring the need for shared storage. And the company's claim to fame is that its solution is an easy-to-use, cost conscious VDI offering. Who doesn't like that?
With all the goodness already packaged up into the company's 3.1 version of the product released only four months ago, what could it possibly have added to the product in that short period of time to justify a major release?
When the company announced version 4.0, it listed the following new highlights:
- Online Knowledge Base with How-to Videos
- Risk-Free Deployment
- Flexible Real-Time Monitoring
- Anytime, Anywhere End-User Access with mobile iPad and Android devices
- Easy One-Click Kaviza Grid Updates
My initial thought was that these new features really look like more of a minor dot release rather than a major revision increase. But after speaking with Kaviza and gaining more of an understanding for its "VDI for dummies" goal, I have a much better grasp on what these enhancements are all about, though I maintain this probably looks more like a 3.2 release rather than a 4.0 -- but who's counting? This release does, however, continue to advance Kaviza's simple, out-of-the-box VDI mantra.
"With this release, we are taking it one step further to go beyond ease-of-use to offer administrators a 'no-think' solution that automates, guides and detects common mistakes in the trickier parts of virtual desktop management such as working with desktop images," said Krishna Subramanian, COO, Marketing, Sales & Alliances at Kaviza.
Subramanian added, "We noticed from observing our customers that not all are very familiar with the Windows Sysprep process of setting up desktop images, and there are some common mistakes that were being made during image setup which when undetected could lead to lengthy troubleshooting."