SOURCE: Kaviza

Kaviza

July 14, 2010 10:00 ET

Kaviza Breaks Down Barriers to Desktop Virtualization Adoption With the Release of VDI-in-a-box 3.0

Kicks Off Kaviza Partner and Solutions Network "Frictionless Virtual Desktops" Initiative

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2010) -

  • VDI-in-a-box 3.0 eliminates all three roadblocks to virtual desktop adoption: cost, complexity and user experience at a compelling total price (including hardware, software and licenses) of $260 to $410 per virtual desktop

  • VDI-in-a-box 3.0 delivers rich user experience via an add-on to enable Citrix HDX technology -- made possible through a licensing agreement with Citrix

  • KPSN "Frictionless Virtual Desktops" initiative enables easy risk-free adoption, makes delivering desktop virtualization as simple as "One, Two, Three"

  • Special education program with discounts announced for accredited higher education institutions and K-12 schools

Kaviza, the pioneer in affordable plug-and-play desktop virtualization for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), today announced the general availability of Kaviza VDI-in-a-box™ 3.0 with Citrix HDX -- an all-in-one solution that delivers high-definition virtual desktops with high-availability and on-demand scaling for less than the cost of PCs. Version 3.0 combines Kaviza's strengths in affordability and ease-of-use with the rich user experience of Citrix HDX™ technology to deliver virtual desktops for exceptional value.

In addition, Kaviza in conjunction with its partners announced the global availability of the KPSN Frictionless Virtual Desktops initiative that is designed to help simplify the process of evaluating and adopting virtual desktops. The program makes virtual desktop adoption risk-free and includes: (1) for qualified leads, a complimentary session to get customers up and running with their first few virtual desktops; (2) 30-day free trial; and (3) seamless product upgrade to production license. For more information visit: click here. Also today, Kaviza is announcing its Education Program for higher-education institutions and K-12 schools.

"Kaviza's mission is to make virtual desktops a viable alternative to PCs. With Version 3.0, we have a solution that is less expensive to setup, easier to deploy, and less expensive to manage without compromising the end-user experience and core features such as high-availability and on-demand scaling. Customers can start with as little as 25 desktops and scale on-demand, while seeing an immediate return on their investment every step of the way," said Kumar K. Goswami, CEO Kaviza. "Our KPSN Frictionless Virtual Desktops initiative enhances this with a transparent and easy mechanism for our customers to experience first-hand the benefits of virtual desktops. We have worked closely with our partner community to create a frictionless and risk-free try-and-buy experience for customers."

"As a global provider of hosted virtual desktop solutions, tuCloud is pleased to partner with Kaviza. We rolled out the pre-release version of 3.0 to select customers and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Customers are very impressed with the speed and performance of the virtual desktops, while we as managed service providers (MSPs) find the economics of Kaviza very compelling -- Kaviza is easily one-fourth or less the cost of alternatives while being significantly easier to manage," says Guise Buile, CEO tuCloud.

Kaviza VDI-in-a-box software is designed specifically for SMEs to fit departmental budgets and desktop IT expertise using a plug-and-play architecture that scales on commodity servers without requiring shared storage and provides built-in high-availability. Kaviza enables the desktop IT staff to deploy VDI or hosted virtual desktops without any specialized IT expertise -- for a total cost per desktop (including software, servers, storage and support) of less than $500.

As part of a licensing agreement from enterprise desktop virtualization leader Citrix Systems, the new Kaviza VDI-in-a-box 3.0 release features an add-on to enable high-definition Citrix HDX technology, significantly enhancing the overall virtual desktop experience for end users. The new version also adds full support for Citrix XenServer, making it easy for customers to host their VDI environments on a world-class virtualization platform at a far lower cost.

About Kaviza

Kaviza's award-winning VDI-in-a-box™ -- the industry's first and only affordable turnkey virtual desktop solution designed specifically for desktop budgets, desktop IT, and desktop user needs -- employs patent-pending grid architecture to lower costs and eliminate the need for expensive infrastructure. Kaviza VDI-in-a-box has been recognized as "Best of Synergy 2010" for its Business Efficiency, "Cool Vendor in Client Computing 2010" by Gartner, "Product to Watch 2010" by eWeek, and won the "Innovation Award 2010" by Network Products magazine. Kaviza was founded in 2009 by virtualization and VDI veterans from HP and IBM to create the next generation VDI that is simple and affordable. Kaviza is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA and is funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation and Citrix Corporation. For more information, contact: Kaviza.

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