SOURCE: Kaviza


September 22, 2010 08:00 ET

Kaviza Expands Anytime, Anywhere Virtual Desktops With Version 3.1 of VDI-in-a-box

Kaviza VDI-in-a-box, Voted Best of VMworld 2010 in Desktop Virtualization, Best of Synergy in Business Efficiency, Further Eliminates Barriers to Virtual Desktops

CUPERTINO, CA--(Marketwire - September 22, 2010) -

  • VDI-in-a-box 3.1 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 3.1 delivers rich user experience anytime, from anywhere via Citrix HDX -- including access to virtual desktops from the iPad, iPhone, Droid phones, Macs, PCs, thin-clients. Any device that supports the latest versions of the Citrix Receiver can access Kaviza desktops.
  • Other improvements include: support for smart cards such as the Common Access Certification (CAC) cards that follow the DoD standards, expanded hypervisor support to include support for the newly released VMware ESX 4.1, Support for Windows 64-bit virtual desktops, and higher desktop density on the free XenServer using thin-cloning.

Kaviza (, the pioneer in affordable plug-and-play desktop virtualization, today announced the launch of Kaviza VDI-in-a-box™ 3.1, a turnkey VDI solution that enables customers to deploy virtual desktops at the cost of a PC. Kaviza VDI-in-a-box 3.1 extends Kaviza's strengths in affordability and ease-of-use to provide anytime, anywhere access across a variety of mainstream devices including the Apple iPad, while continuing to expand support for hypervisors and platforms.

"We were already impressed with Kaviza's cost savings, speed and ease-of-use, and its tremendous endpoint flexibility is by far unmatched in the industry," said Lars Werner, President, Sunlight Innovations. "With Kaviza's VDI-in-a-box 3.1, we get the added flexibility of enabling users to access their desktops from anywhere on mobile devices such as the iPad or iPhone, and we expect a self-managed virtual desktop infrastructure that can easily grow with our customers' expanding business demands and operations."

Key additions in Version 3.1 include:

  • Windows 7 64-bit virtual desktops. VDI-in-a-box 3.1 provides full support for the 64-bit version of Windows 7, enabling you to set up and deploy 64-bit virtual desktops.
  • Support for iPads, iPhones, Google Droid phones and a variety of devices. Kaviza runs with the native version of the Citrix receiver on all platforms enabling support for a wide variety of end-points including the Apple iPad, iPhone, Google Droid phone, a variety of thin-clients, and traditional PC and Mac desktops, laptops.
  • Smart Card support including the CAC. Based on customer demand, Kaviza now supports Smart Cards seamlessly including the DOD's Common Access Card (CAC).
  • Certification with VMware ESXi 4.1. Kaviza is now certified with the newly released VMware ESX 4.1 hypervisor. With V3.1, customers can choose to deploy Kaviza on VMware ESX, ESXi Versions 3.5 or higher, or on Citrix XenServer.
  • Seamless support of the Wyse Xenith client. The Wyse Xenith thin-clients can seamlessly discover and connect to Kaviza virtual desktops with the setting of one DHCP tag across a domain.
  • Seamless thin-cloning on the free version of XenServer. Kaviza VDI-in-a-box 3.1 optimizes storage use with the use of thin-cloning on the free XenServer hypervisor, thus providing customers a choice of platforms without compromising performance.
  • Other enhancements such as expanded policy settings for automatic desktop refresh, support for non-Windows based Active Directory systems.

To find out more about how Kaviza's shared-nothing VDI redefines virtual desktop economics by eliminating cost and complexity, attend a webinar.

The award-winning Kaviza VDI-in-a-box is a software appliance designed specifically for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to fit departmental budgets and desktop IT expertise. 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's all-in-one design simplifies virtual desktop administration -- dynamic desktop provisioning, load balancing, connection brokering, user provisioning, and high-availability are automatically handled out-of-the-box. Desktop IT administers Kaviza through an intuitive point-and-click interface. Kaviza delivers optimized rich high-definition user experience with Citrix HDX™.

About Kaviza
Kaviza is the pioneer of simple, affordable end-to-end desktop virtualization for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Its shared-nothing VDI-in-a-box™ solution leverages a patent-pending grid architecture that lowers costs, eliminates the need for expensive infrastructures, and delivers rich high-definition user experience with Citrix HDX that can be accessed anytime, anywhere -- including thin-clients and mobile devices such as the iPad. Kaviza VDI-in-a-box with Citrix HDX has been recognized as "Best of VMworld 2010" in Desktop Virtualization, "Best of Synergy 2010" for 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 Guide. 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 as a PC. Kaviza is headquartered in Cupertino, California. For more information, contact:

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