InfoWorld review: Desktop virtualization made easy
Three low-cost, low-fuss VDI solutions prove that desktop virtualization is within anyone's reach
Overall, the Kaviza solution best combines flexibility, scalability, and virtual desktop management into a single package. I like that I am not tied to any particular endpoint, and Kaviza's VM image management is well done. My biggest knock on Kaviza is that it takes a bit of work to get your guest VMs in the system and prepped for deployment to the end-users. For an at-a-glance comparison of the three solutions, see the table below. For full details, please read the individual reviews:
- VDI review: Kaviza VDI-in-a-box
- VDI review: NComputing vSpace and L-Series virtual desktops
- VDI review: Pano Express
|Kaviza VDI-in-a-box||NComputing vSpace and L-Series||Pano Express|
|Cost||$125 per user RDP; $160 per user Citrix HDX (both are perpetual licenses). Does not include cost of VMware or Citrix XenServer or individual Windows licenses.||$250 per seat includes vSpace virtualization software, remote access protocol, and L300 virtual desktop client hardware. Does not include cost of server hardware or Windows licenses.||$24,450 for complete 50-user package. Includes server hardware, VMware ESX, Windows XP and Windows 7 licenses, and Pano Device endpoints.|
|Platform||VMware ESX or Citrix XenServer; RDP and HDX protocols; any client that supports RDP and HDX.||Windows XP Pro or Windows Server 2003; proprietary remote access protocol and L-Series endpoints.||VMware ESX or Microsoft Hyper-V; proprietary bus-extending protocol and Pano Device endpoints.|
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