Because of that, Kaviza has created a new automated wizard in Version 4.0 that walks the user through each step of the image management process. They also added built-in error detection and checklists to help monitor and guide administrators through the entire process.
"This was a pretty major addition that helps lower the bar further for who can setup and manage virtual desktops," offered Subramanian. "You can think of this as perhaps the difference between an automatic transmission to a car with added cruise-control."
The second thing Kaviza did with version 4.0 was to provide administrators with the option to monitor Kaviza and the virtual desktops with any management monitoring tool of their choice, as long as it supports the Syslog format. They also increased runtime feedback in the Kaviza management console by adding a Tasks/Events monitor that is always visible at the bottom half of every view in the Kaviza console.
As part of the company's overall goal of making VDI simple, they included a live online knowledge base that contains a lot of short 3- to 5-minute "how-to" videos that walks through the common virtual desktop management operations. You'll also find a live troubleshooting guide that's constantly being updated with the latest information.
With the 3.1 release, Kaviza added out-of-the-box support for Citrix Receiver, allowing its users to access an enterprise VDI system across a number of different devices, including popular mobile devices such as the Apple iPhone and iPad.
With 4.0, Kaviza has updated the HDX stack, providing for a few new additions and enhancements. The new version adds support for native tablet-device features such as gestures, allowing users to manipulate a Kaviza Windows virtual desktop with gestures on an iPad. In addition, Kaviza now offers full support for new Android-based tablets (though it couldn't be fully tested with the previous version of the product because the tablets were not yet released).
The company also told InfoWorld that in order for virtual desktops to gain widespread adoption in 2011, three events need to happen:
- The cost model needs to be compelling such that the ROI isn't based just on soft dollar savings but on immediate capital expense reduction.
- VDI solutions need to be easy to adopt in a phased manner (most customers want to start with a use case to prove out virtual desktops and grow VDI from there).
- The end-users need to see value in moving to virtual desktops.
"We now have technology that can address these three requirements," said Subramanian. "And with the growing use of non-Windows devices such as tablets, the end-user demand to get a standard Windows corporate desktop anytime, from anywhere, is also growing."
What about 2011? Is this the year for VDI and desktop virtualization? Or will it be "next year" once again? Kaviza said it is definitely seeing much stronger demand, claiming customers are budgeting for VDI this year, and added that 95 percent of its customers are expanding their existing VDI deployments.
Is Kaviza right? Are these three things enough to help virtual desktops gain widespread adoption? What about your organization? Are you planning for VDI in 2011? If not, what's holding you back?
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