Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution providers are pitching VDI as the next big cost-savings initiative for IT departments. In addition, VDI promises to eliminate many of the desktop security, deployment, and management headaches that desktop administrators are forced to deal with on a regular basis.
However, those cost savings and management capabilities may not always turn out as promised. VDI must overcome its own set of challenges, and these same obstacles can threaten to eliminate the very benefits that VDI claims to offer.
Kaviza has set out to deliver on those VDI benefits, and the company seems to be off to a good start. This year, the company has been recognized as an award-winning solution at two of the largest virtualization trade shows, winning "Best of Synergy 2010" at the Citrix Synergy show in May and a "Best of VMworld 2010" award in the Desktop Virtualization category at VMworld in August.
The company just announced version 3.1 of its Kaviza VDI-in-a-box appliance, a follow-up to its 3.0 version released only two months ago. The solution allows companies to run Windows images across multiple desktop systems served across a grid of inexpensive commodity servers.
Kaviza provides an all-in-one VDI solution that claims to be the cost-conscious VDI offering -- making VDI less expensive to acquire than a traditional PC. It provides built-in high availability and doesn't require any shared storage. The company also claims it is extremely easy to use; the user just has to drop the appliance on to a hypervisor platform of choice, and it's ready to go.
"What I like is anyone packaging a desktop virtualization solution that's simple and turnkey," said Dave Bartoletti, senior analyst at the Taneja Group. "VMware's strategy in the desktop virtualization space is somewhat muddled at the moment, and Citrix is making great strides to fill in the gaps for desktop administrators; however, both vendors still offer a rather large menu of solutions -- hosted, streaming, endpoint virtualization, etc. -- and they approach the customer with 'whatever you want, we've got it. Now, what do you want?'"