SOURCE: Kaviza


February 16, 2011 08:00 ET

Academic Institutions Select Kaviza to Deliver Virtualized Desktops for Less Than the Cost of PCs

Kaviza VDI-in-a-Box Enables Schools to Stretch Tight Budgets With Affordable Virtualized Desktops Accessible Anytime From Anywhere, Including via iPads and Android Tablets

CUPERTINO, CA--(Marketwire - February 16, 2011) - Kaviza, the industry leader in easy, affordable desktop virtualization, today announced strong global customer traction in the education sector for its VDI-in-a-box™ offering. Recently, some of the academic institutions that have turned to Kaviza to implement VDI and stretch tight budgets while delivering unmatched cost savings include Columbia University, Henderson State University, Smith College, University of Leicester, Albertville City Schools, Fitzharrys School and Groton Schools.

Kaviza is offering special academic pricing and discounts for qualified educational institutions. For more details, go to

"Academic institutions are turning to Kaviza because we eliminate over 60% of the upfront costs associated with desktop virtualization and make it easy to realize operational efficiency of virtual desktops within tight budgets," explains Krishna Subramanian, Kaviza COO. "We are dedicated to working with our higher education customers to help them scale to accommodate growing enrollments and to meet the changing needs of their diverse populations within their limited budgets."

"Kaviza has helped us to move away from a constant firefighting mode of continually buying, imaging, and updating PCs every 3 to 5 years to a state where we can actually move the school forward. Kaviza streamlines desktop management costs by over 85%," explains James Preston, IT Technician, Fitzharrys School.

Kaviza Delivers Instant and Cost-effective Classroom Benefits Including:

Extending PC lifetime. Education customers have limited funds to replace only a few PCs at a time. Simply replacing them for newer PCs is an ongoing 3-5 year cycle that does not reduce management costs. Kaviza enables IT to rollout virtual desktops for less than the cost of replacing PCs and schools can reuse their old PCs as end-points to access Windows 7 virtual desktops.

Repurpose current budgets. Kaviza offers education customers virtual desktops for under $500 -- with minimal investment and without needing additional capital. Kaviza eliminates over 60% of the infrastructure investment needed for traditional desktop virtualization. Schools can start with off-the-shelf servers they may already own and add incremental capacity as needed over time. 

Reduce desktop support and management by over 80%. Most schools have limited IT resources. Kaviza is easy to set up and manage and requires no retraining. And virtual desktops cut down desktop support and management costs. Kaviza's education customers report an average of 85% reduction in desktop maintenance and support costs achieved by centralizing and consolidating desktop image management.

Offer hardware-independent anytime anywhere access. With Kaviza, education customers can extend physical lab resources to create unlimited virtual lab combinations that students and teachers can access from anywhere, including their home. Schools can get and other mobile devices such as Android tablets anytime, from anywhere.

Everyone gets a "virtual computer." Teachers and students increasingly need access to a computer to prepare classes and assignments. Physical PCs take up valuable classroom space and become difficult to maintain, manage and keep secure. With Kaviza, every student and teacher gains secure anytime, anywhere access to a "virtual computer."

Lower power bills. Consolidating many individual desktops onto a few servers reduces monthly electric bills. Using thin clients to access the virtual desktops can reduce power consumption by 70 to 85%.

Kaviza VDI-in-a-box is an award-winning next-generation virtual desktop solution based on a patent-pending Shared-Nothing grid architecture that completely redefines the way virtual desktops are delivered and managed, cutting down on the cost and complexity of virtual desktop infrastructure. Unlike traditional desktop virtualization solutions, Kaviza provides high availability and on-demand scaling without requiring expensive shared storage. This simplifies deployments and reduces costs without compromising on fundamentals. Kaviza delivers optimized rich high-definition user experience with Citrix HDX™.

About Kaviza
Kaviza is the industry leader in easy, affordable desktop virtualization. The award-winning Kaviza VDI-in-a-box™ is the industry's first and only turnkey all-in-one virtual desktop appliance designed for desktop IT. Kaviza provides an immediate Return on Investment by delivering virtual desktops for under $500. Employing a patent-pending grid architecture Kaviza reduces costs by 66% using inexpensive off-the-shelf servers to deliver high-availability without requiring expensive shared storage infrastructure while delivering rich high-definition user experience accessible anytime, from anywhere, including mobile devices such as iPads. Kaviza VDI-in-a-box with built-in Citrix HDX has been recognized with industry awards including "Best of VMworld" in Desktop Virtualization, "Best of Synergy 2010" for its Business Efficiency, "Cool Vendor in Client Computing 2010" by Gartner, "Product of the Year 2011" by Infoworld, and "Tech Innovator of 2010 in Virtualization" by CRN. Kaviza was founded in 2008 by virtualization and VDI veterans from HP and IBM to create the next generation VDI that is simple and affordable. Kaviza is headquartered in Cupertino, California with sales offices and distributors worldwide including Dell and Ingram Micro. For more information, contact:

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