SOURCE: Austin Ventures; Virtual Bridges

Austin Ventures; Virtual Bridges

January 19, 2010 09:14 ET

Virtual Bridges Solidifies Role as Major VDI Vendor

Significant Accomplishments Include Venture Funding, Expanding a Gold Star Management Team, and Major New Partner Relationships

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - January 19, 2010) - Virtual Bridges, developers of the VERDE™ Suite, have announced major accomplishments that help them solidify their position as a top VDI vendor for 2010.

The worldwide personal computing market is expected to undergo a massive refresh over the next 12-18 months as users prepare to deploy either Windows 7 or emerging Cloud-based desktop offerings. Organizations are expected to leverage game-changing advances in desktop management methods by leveraging virtualization. Virtual Bridges' VERDE is a robust yet elegant software solution aimed at helping organizations dramatically lower their Desktop Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), improve their security and compliance and increase their organizational agility by leveraging best-of-breed virtualization technologies and years of desktop management and enterprise infrastructure experience.

The VERDE Suite is unique in offering the ability to run both Windows and Linux desktop "guest" sessions giving organizations not only the power to significantly reduce operating costs in Windows-only environments, but also offer users the choice of lower cost "Cloud" computing alternatives based on the partnership with IBM. VERDE combines with the IBM Client for Smart Work and Canonical's Ubuntu desktop and server offerings to offer solutions unencumbered by Microsoft's VDI tax known as VECD. Whether using Windows or Linux, VERDE delivers the lowest cost desktop computing environment from both a CapEx and OpEx perspective, and as a result, provides the fastest time-to-payback when compared to VMware or Citrix.

On the heels of the major VERDE 3.0 Product release in December, new milestones announced today include:

--  Venture Capital backing from tier-one firm Austin Ventures  announced.
    "Austin Ventures is excited to be partnering with Virtual Bridges in the
    desktop cloud and VDI market," said Chris Pacitti, General Partner with
    Austin Ventures. "We see tremendous potential for disruption and value
    creation in the burgeoning desktop Cloud and VDI market space. Virtual
    Bridges has demonstrated innovative leadership in delivering not only best-
    of-breed VDI but also in combining VDI with managed desktops and
    disconnected use. This super-category of Desktop Management Infrastructure,
    or DMI, as well as their ability to offer easy-to-use solutions in both the
    public and private cloud segments, has made us a committed backer of their
--  Formally approved as an enhancement to the IBM Global Technology Services
    SMART Cloud and SMART Desktop initiatives. VERDE is one of three formal
    solution Offerings (in addition to VMware and Citrix) and is recommended
    for use cases involving MS-alternative desktops, mixed use cases of MS and
    non-MS virtual desktops, as well as where customers are looking for ROI in
    under 12 months.
--  Expanding the all-star management team with the addition of Tom Francese
    as SVP of Business Development, Tom is the former EVP at Novell and Vice
    President Software Group Sales Europe at IBM;  Srini Gurrapu, VP of Product
    Management, formerly of RingCube Technologies, Moka5, Juniper and
    Microsoft;  Dr. James Clark, VP, Business Development, Asia Pacific;  Dr.
    Clark was formerly chairman of DASCOM and President of ATT Unix Systems
    Labs, Asia Pacific, and Brad Fidler, VP of Sales, former Director of Sales
    at BuildForge.
--  Recognition from esteemed industry analysts including Robin Bloor who
    highlighted Virtual Bridges as one of the "Top 10 IT Companies to Watch in
    2010," noting that VB was the only significant development in desktop
    virtualization in 2009.
--  New Business Partnerships including leading systems integrator ZSL which
    has incorporated VERDE into their PowerCube DaaS service offering and new
    VERDE Customer engagements at ShvinTech and Northeast Iowa Community

"Virtual Bridges VERDE has become an essential tool in ZSL's PowerCube DaaS offering," said Shiv Kumar, EVP of ZSL, Inc. "VERDE's power and flexibility make it a clear choice as a VDI solution."

"VERDE is the perfect balance of functionality, performance, ease of management, and value to help us meet our remote desktop and small server virtualization needs," said Lyle Luzum, CIS Director, Northeast Iowa Community College.

"We needed a virtual training lab environment that can be deployed rapidly for professional developers seeking emerging technology skills and at the same time protect our intellectual property," said Chandra Polaku, CEO of ShvinTech. "KalariSys's VERDE based virtual desktop solution offers us a secure training space that will transform our business and help us retrain America."

"2010 is going to be an exciting year for Virtual Bridges as we build off of the strong validation of 2009 demonstrated by top-tier funding, expanding customer base, strategic activity with IBM and distinguished recognition from industry analysts," said Jim Curtin, President and CEO of Virtual Bridges. "Virtual Bridges' VERDE continues to set the pace for the industry -- the first to introduce personalized gold master provisioning in VDI; the first to offer integrated client-side hypervisor for mobile users and disconnected use; and, most recently, becoming the first to introduce remote branch replication technology for deploying VDI efficiently in branch and MSP configurations."

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Virtual Bridges stands by its commitment to be the easiest, most customer-oriented supplier to deal with in the VDI market by offering VERDE 3.0 with the simplest licensing in the industry offering a complete suite of capabilities available for one simple, paid-up, per seat price. All of the components are included in this hassle-free licensing model. VERDE 3.0 is available directly from Virtual Bridges or from various worldwide partners standalone or as an IBM Client for Smart Work bundle in partnership with IBM and Canonical and other Linux vendors such as Red Hat and Novell.

About Virtual Bridges

Virtual Bridges, Inc. develops SMB, enterprise and MSP virtualization solutions for businesses that use virtualization to create sustainable business advantage.

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