SOURCE: Xiotech

Xiotech

December 01, 2010 10:00 ET

VDI Coalition Launched to Accelerate Virtual Desktop Adoption

Cross-Industry Group to Establish Best Practices to Eliminate Deployment Risk and Reduce Complexity

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN--(Marketwire - December 1, 2010) - Xiotech Corporation, the leader in Intelligent Application Storage, today joined with Silver Peak Systems, Inc., GlassHouse Technologies, Inc., Pano Logic, and Virsto Software, to found an industry coalition focused on helping customers accelerate the effective deployment of Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI). The group's charter is to develop solution architectures and best practices that will provide customers with a blueprint for optimizing VDI in their environment.

Uniting worldwide data center infrastructure, storage and networking industry leaders, the mission of the VDI Coalition is to remove the risk of single vendor lock-in, and ensure the highest levels of performance, security and cost containment. With plans to convene a bi-annual summit, the first meeting will take place at The BD Event in Palo Alto, Calif., January 25-27, 2011.

In a recent VDI adoption survey of nearly 1200 IT professionals at VMworld 2010 by Xiotech, in partnership with Silver Peak, desktop virtualization is on a majority of enterprise roadmaps, with nearly 70% planning to deploy within the next 12 months. However, concerns about end-user experience (60%+), cost (50%+) and vendor performance claims (30%+) are hindering rapid adoption.

"The desktop virtualization proposition is one in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts," said Brian Reagan, CMO at Xiotech. "However, not fully understanding the solution components -- and their interdependencies -- can significantly reduce or delay the cost, management and security benefits that VDI promises. Helping customers understand those components and interdependencies is the mission of the VDI Coalition."

The VDI Coalition comprises and will welcome participants from all levels of the VDI solution stack. In a non-competitive environment, the VDI Coalition will collaborate on the best approaches to enabling VDI in a way that reduces risk and accelerates time-to-value based on experience and lessons learned from real-world customer deployments. More information can be found at http://vdicoalition.com.

"Desktop virtualization can deliver substantial business benefits to organizations of all sizes. The ability for organizations to deliver multiple types of virtual desktops, including VDI-based desktops, allows them to address the growing user demands for more mobile, flexible computing that will support virtual workstyles. With FlexCast™ technology in XenDesktop, IT can deliver every type of virtual desktop -- each specifically tailored to meet the performance, security and flexibility requirements of each individual user. To support successful rollouts, the Citrix Desktop Transformation Model is designed to help customers quickly realize the many benefits of desktop virtualization. We support the goals of the VDI Coalition to help increase awareness and adoption of desktop virtualization," said Jagdeep Sahni, senior director, product marketing, XenDesktop product group at Citrix.

Each of the inaugural partners brings a wealth of expertise and experience and was selected based on their successes in enabling VDI for customers, including:

GlassHouse
GlassHouse is a global data center consulting and services firm that offers a unique tool, the vLab Virtual Data Center, to help customers model how different desktop virtualization technologies would perform in their environment. The use of vLab significantly reduces the time and investment put into a traditional Proof of Concept because it's all done in the cloud-based model that can be set up and tested within hours, not days or weeks.

Pano Logic
Pano Logic, the leader in zero client desktop virtualization (VDI), is radically changing desktop computing by centralizing everything on the server. Pano Logic offers a simple, all-in-one solution completely eliminating the burden of endpoint management, removing endpoint security breaches, and dramatically reducing energy consumption, all resulting in significant TCO reductions.

Silver Peak
Silver Peak develops data center class network appliances that maximize WAN performance while minimizing WAN costs. Through network optimization techniques that address bandwidth, latency and loss in real-time, Silver Peak eliminates many of the factors that inhibit a consistent and reliable remote VDI user experience. The company's unique network approach to WAN optimization also delivers unprecedented scalability and flexibility, enabling hundreds of thousands of users to simultaneously access centralized resources.

Virsto Software
Virsto Software provides innovative solutions to address the growing need for cost-effective and efficient storage for virtual servers and desktops. Companies worldwide use Virsto to achieve breakthrough increases in performance, reduce storage capital and operating costs, and streamline provisioning and data management for virtual computing. Founded in 2007, Virsto Software is backed by leading Silicon Valley venture firms.

About Xiotech
Xiotech Corporation is one of the world's largest privately held data storage companies and the leader in Intelligent Application Storage. Xiotech's patented Intelligent Storage Element (ISE™) technology has rebooted storage fundamentals to better align with evolving application demands, including linearly scalable performance and capacity, industry-leading energy savings and zero-touch reliability. ISE storage blades enable organizations to build systems of interoperable, best-of-breed solutions and overcome the bottlenecks caused by current-generation storage infrastructure in the face of explosive data growth, increasing levels of virtualization and ever-increasing application intelligence. With a widely acclaimed service and support team and more than 240 foundational storage patents held across a team of storage industry veterans from EMC, Seagate, IBM, Compaq and DEC, Xiotech is setting a new standard in storage. Follow Xiotech at www.twitter.com/xiotech.

About GlassHouse Technologies
GlassHouse Technologies is a global provider of data center consulting and managed services. In a rapidly changing data center environment, GlassHouse partners with customers to define a strategy, execute that plan and operate their environment. Our constant focus is on cost efficiency, risk mitigation and service improvement. We provide this through Transom, our unique business model comprised of proprietary software tools, methodologies and domain expertise.

We help deliver on the promise of agility and usage-based spending in the next generation infrastructure paradigm. This journey is significant and requires an experienced and pragmatic guide to help you achieve your goals. Our experience is based on thousands of projects in addition to ongoing daily operations of customer environments.

Visit the GlassHouse blog for expert commentary on key data center issues facing today's enterprises and follow us on twitter at #GlassHouse_Tech.

About Pano Logic
Pano Logic is the leader in Zero Client Desktop Computing. Pano Logic's all-in-one hardware and software solution redefines the delivery and management of end user computing by radically centralizing desktop management. The Pano Logic zero client platform is a complete end-to-end solution purpose-built for desktop virtualization, simplifying the complexity and management of virtual desktops and slashing TCO by as much as 80 percent. The patent-pending Pano Direct technology eliminates the need for costly processing power at the endpoint, making it possible to have an endpoint device that contains NO processor, NO operating system, NO memory, NO drivers, NO firmware, NO software, NOR any moving parts, completely eliminating endpoint management and security breaches. The Pano Device uses less energy than a light bulb, or 97 percent less than a PC, drastically reducing energy costs for organizations and companies worldwide. To learn more, visit http://www.panologic.com.

About Silver Peak Systems, Inc.
Silver Peak develops data center class network appliances that maximize WAN performance while minimizing WAN costs. The company's unique network approach to WAN optimization delivers unprecedented scalability and flexibility, enabling enterprises to rapidly move large amounts of data across long distances. Silver Peak's WAN optimization solution is a strategic enabler for large IT initiatives, including data center consolidation, data migration, disaster recovery, server centralization, and global application / desktop virtualization.

For more information, visit http://www.silver-peak.com/infocenter.

About Virsto Software
Virsto Software provides innovative solutions to address the growing need for cost-effective and efficient storage for virtual servers and desktops. Companies worldwide use Virsto to achieve breakthrough increases in performance, reduce storage capital and operating costs, and streamline provisioning and data management for virtual computing. Founded in 2007, Virsto Software is backed by leading Silicon Valley venture firms. For more information, visit www.virsto.com

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