Bartoletti asserted he much prefers that Kaviza says, "This is what you need. Period."
With the 3.1 release, Kaviza has expanded its hypervisor support. Customers can choose to deploy Kaviza on Citrix XenServer, VMware ESX, or ESXi 3.5, or they may choose the newly certified VMware ESX 4.1 hypervisor (with Microsoft Hyper-V support expected in the near future).
Other important improvements made in VDI-in-a-box 3.1 include full support for 64-bit Windows 7 virtual desktops; support for employee authentication via Smart Cards, including the DOD's Common Access Card (CAC); support for non-Windows-based Active Directory systems, and the ability to optimize storage and achieve higher desktop density by using thin-cloning technology with the free Citrix XenServer.
But the most interesting and compelling addition to the 3.1 release has to be its out-of-the-box support for Citrix Receiver. This ability allows users to access an enterprise VDI system across a number of different devices. By leveraging the power of Citrix Receiver, Kaviza is able to immediately provide access to a range of mobile devices such as the Apple iPhone and iPad, Google Android phones, as well as a variety of thin clients, traditional PCs and Mac desktops and laptops.
The added support for Citrix Receiver probably had something to do with Citrix's investment of an undisclosed sum of money in Kaviza back in April.
The desktop virtualization space needs a headstrong vendor that believes their approach is best, and one that understands the daily lives of desktop administrators, Bartoletti said. Kaviza believes it is that player. Its VDI-in-a-box appliance is aimed at small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and designed to fit departmental budgets and desktop IT expertise.