SOURCE: Sychron

Sychron

August 31, 2009 07:00 ET

Sychron Announces Advancements That Drive Down Costs of Virtual Desktops

New Features and Capabilities Can Reduce Hands-On Administration by Half for Solution That Already Dramatically Reduces Hardware Requirements When Compared to Others

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - August 31, 2009) - Sychron, a recognized thought leader in advanced virtual desktop infrastructure management, today announced the general availability of OnDemand Desktop™ 4.0. To continue to drive down costs associated with complexity, Sychron now offers a VDI management platform that exceeds all others in a number of critical areas: an elegant and intuitive graphical interface, simplified and customizable administrative feature sets, risk mitigation for Active Directory environments, advanced automation that streamlines traditionally manual administrative tasks, and improved scalability at server and desktop levels. Sychron continues to lead the industry with the cost effective use of heterogeneous environments by allowing configurations of mixed server environments and requiring significantly less hardware when compared to competitive solutions.

NEW INTUITIVE POINT-AND-CLICK INTERFACE

Featuring a Rich Internet Application-based graphical interface, OnDemand Desktop™ now offers intuitive administration through Sychron's powerful Enterprise Manager, which offers a single point of management for the entire desktop hierarchy, from clusters and portals to groups of users, across multiple hypervisor environments. One to two clicks can now complete common administrative tasks, such as provisioning, or adding or dropping servers from a configured cluster. IT managers can access predictive and historical analytics and reports to gain greater insights into capacity planning and asset management. These new customizable feature sets remove labor-intensive steps and give greater visibility and control.

OPTIMIZING MANAGEMENT OF MULTI-HYPERVISOR ENVIRONMENTS

Already known for leveraging heterogeneous server environments, Sychron continues to automate and optimize the central management of multiple-hypervisor environments. For IT customers who have built Microsoft Hyper-V environments, OnDemand Desktop™ is now integrated with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), which enables IT managers to use Sychron Enterprise Manager for complete visibility and control from the server to the desktop. With the SCVMM integration, IT managers can run OnDemand Desktop™ in the SCVMM "enlightened" mode, achieving higher densities of desktops per server core and delivering Windows-based, virtual desktop users higher levels of performance. The improved performance and scalability from the end user to the server offers new avenues for the IT customer to reduce costs across the board.

RISK MITIGATION FOR ACTIVE DIRECTORY DEPLOYMENTS

IT customers desire technologies to have zero interaction with their Microsoft Active Directory, which is responsible for assigning policies, deploying software, and applying critical updates across organizations. Sychron's new user authentication, based upon Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), circumvents and protects the Active Directory environment while providing the authentication necessary to secure end users. OnDemand Desktop™ removes any reliance on additional group policy objects (GPOs) used to monitor or influence behavior of resources based on conditional changes or states, which reduces risk and enables quicker deployments.

"The new version of OnDemand Desktop™ continues to extend the values our customers expect from Sychron: ease of use, advanced automation to minimize hands-on expertise, and central management of heterogeneous environments, whether they are hypervisors, servers, or access devices. These areas increase operational efficiencies and enable a lower cost infrastructure, all aimed to simplify and accelerate the adoption of desktop virtualization," said Steve Kiser, president and CEO of Sychron.

BENEFITS OF SYCHRON ONDEMAND DESKTOP™

--  Flexibility For Long-Term Growth - Support for VMware ESX and
    Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors, heterogeneous servers, and thin client
    environments paves the way for datacenter growth according to business
    needs and constantly evolving requirements.
--  Reduces Complexity - An elegant and intuitive interface with advanced,
    automated management features minimize hands-on tasks required for day-to-
    day management.
--  Lowers Licensing Costs - With an integrated connection broker,
    provisioning engine, and sophisticated load balancing in a single solution,
    OnDemand Desktop is a comprehensive solution that eliminates the need for
    supplemental software components.
--  Reduces Up Front Capital Expenditures - Next generation differencing
    technology significantly reduces storage hardware requirements when
    compared to other vendor solutions.
--  Offers Scalability for Large Number of Desktops - Hands-free runtime
    automation features anticipate and manage the dynamic load requirements of
    virtual desktops.
    

About Sychron

Founded in 2006, Sychron is the world's most complete and cost effective solution for deploying and managing server-based virtual desktops. Sychron products enable the fast delivery of secure, server-based desktops to end users in enterprises of all types and sizes. The company's products work across various platforms, including VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft. Sychron is headquartered in Austin, Texas, with offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Oxford, United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.sychron.com.

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