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The Role of Connection Brokering in VDI

Anyone trying to answer the question of how does virtualization work is bound to come across one of the most critical components of VDI, namely the connection broker. Here's the [...]

November 2nd, 2015|Learning about VDI, VDI Architecture, VDI Solutions|

A cost effective storage strategy for VDI implementations

It's no secret that storage costs are a huge part of Virtual Desktop implementation budgets. Fancy SANs and storage management software can add big bucks to your VDI [...]

April 12th, 2012|VDI Architecture|

VMBlog talks to VDIworks about the future of virtualization

VMBlog is one of the oldest, and one of our most favourite online virtualization publications. We’ve been fans for a while and have enjoyed their broad coverage of companies and technologies in the VDI space. Recently, VMBlog sat down to talk with Amir Husain, our President and CEO, about his views on the future of virtualization generally, and VDI specifically. The discussion was pretty interesting! Here’s an extract, followed by a link the VMBlog piece: “One idea whose time I believe has finally arrived, is Desktops-as-a-Service. Under this model, the device will no longer primarily be an OS/application execution endpoint, but rather a visualization layer – a window into a virtual computer with unlimited capacity, growing and shrinking in an elastic fashion at some highly secure remote datacenter. Of course, end point devices will provide ever richer means of interaction via multi-touch gestures, visual cues ala Kinect, voice recognition ala Siri and numerous other methods. This means that processing at the endpoint will still occur, it will just be of a different nature. […]

November 25th, 2011|General & Informational, VDI Architecture, VDI News|

VideoOverIP now optimized for Hyper-V: Free Hypervisor + inexpensive protocol deliver perhaps the industry’s best VDI experience!

There. I said it. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Just below this paragraph, you can view a quick YouTube video we’ve just posted showing our new Hyper-V optimized version of VideoOverIP deliver blazing fast performance over a regular LAN. We think you’ll be impressed with the incredibly minor CPU overhead the protocol demonstrates even when a full screen 720p video is being played back. It continues to be codec independent, inexpensive, simple and quick to install and capable of supporting any Hypervisor and any Thinclient.If you aren’t quite sure what I’m going on about, it’s probably because you missed our recent announcement about Hyper-V optimized VideoOverIP. In that case, please, by all means┬átake a look at the release. httpv:// We’re thrilled with the results we’re achieving with VideoOverIP – technically, user feedback-wise and in terms of getting evaluations and customers signed on. Across the board, this has been a great product for us. The feedback we’re getting just confirms that user experience (hence, the protocol) IS a problem for folks looking to implement VDI. And what has been available so far on the market, for one reason or another, hasn’t quite solved the problem. […]

September 3rd, 2009|User Experience, VDI Architecture, VDI News|

The remoting protocol for virtual desktops you’ve been waiting for…

Our engineering teams have been super busy lately, working on a new remoting protocol that solves many of the problems that plague VDI today.The end-user experience, solution cost and customer choice are all tied to the remoting protocol. If you choose RDP, you may have a low cost solution, but the performance just isn’t there. If you pick another, relatively higher performance protocol, it’ll be tied to particular hardware. And then there are protocols that only perform selective acceleration and are reliant on codecs on the client device itself. Problem, problem and problem. So, in order to advance VDI enablement technology and make the paradigm a more cost effective, open and higher performance alternative to legacy PCs, something has to be done about remoting protocol constraints! And we’re fully on board with that mantra… while we haven’t released the product to the public yet, we have provided it to several strategic partners and are far enough along to where we’re happy to share a very simple demo video with you. None of the advanced features of this new remoting protocol are highighted in this video… just the basic stuff. But we think you’ll find it interesting. So here goes: httpv:// ┬á […]

May 10th, 2009|User Experience, VDI Architecture|

VDIworks2Go combines Endpoint Virtualization with Hosted VDI

We┬áwouldn’t have led with that headline on the press release to avoid the ‘huh?!’ effect, but I can take liberties here. We’re coming out with an awesome product called VDIworks2Go and it’ll be shipping before the end of the year. This is┬áan extension to our current Virtual Desktop Platform (VDP) which already provides full end-to-end management in a hosted VDI environment. With VDIworks2Go, we’ll be able to support seamless virtual machines check-in and check-out. In effect, VDIworks2Go installed, VDP’s connection brokering interface will let you inform the system that you are about to disconnect from the network┬áand hence need a checked out copy of your VM. The VM gets streamed over to you and executes locally using a virtual machine player.┬á When you reconnect to the network, you can check the VM back in so that it can execute on a fast server, without taking up your local resources. […]

November 24th, 2008|User Experience, VDI Architecture, VDI News|

VDIworks Interview with Virtual Strategy Magazine

Carryl Roy of Virtual Strategy Magazine recently spoke with us about VDIworks technology, our plans for the future, differentiation and pricing. If you have a few moments, you might find this podcast interesting. Perhaps somewhat compulsively, I say some controversial things, such as Virtualization being an architectural necessity in a world where multicore CPUs are proliferating… The podcast can be accessed at: The audio index and topics covered are as follows: […]

Implementing VDI? You might as well use a free Hypervisor!

That’s what we find ourselves saying to an increasing number of customers looking to deploy small pilots, or who are just more acquisition cost sensitive than the typical F500 enterprise. While this may be considered heresy by server virtualization experts, let me walk you through our logic here. First, free hypervisors are pretty functional. And there’s plenty of them. They cover pretty much every base OS permutation you could be interested in. Microsoft’s Virtual PC can run 4-6 users comfortably on an inexpensive Windows system with XP Pro as the host OS. VMware Server 2 is now available as an alternative that would happily handle an even larger number of desktop VMs, and it runs on both Linux and Windows. Sun’s openxVM Virtual Box (obtained via their innotek acquisition) is pretty decent performance wise and relatively easy to install on Linux. Finally, Xen on Linux comes pretty close to ESX functionality… for free. […]

July 18th, 2008|Learning about VDI, VDI Architecture|

How to build an Application Virtualization Framework

Amir’s warning: this article contains a modest amount of code. I often characterize desktop virtualization technologies in four different segments; virtual desktops that run on the client or endpoint, virtual desktops that are hosted, (hosted) application virtualization via seamless windows, and finally, client-side application virtualization where the bits of an app are streamed down to the endpoint and locally executed. As you might already know, VDIworks is in the business of providing hosted virtual desktops, and the innovation planned on our roadmap will soon merge hosted VDI and endpoint VDI into a single category. Running Hypervisors on endpoints, among other things, supports the “disconnected use-case”, i.e. allows you access to your desktop even when you don’t have network connectivity. For situations where you might be travelling in an airplane, this can be important. However, when you are connected to the network, hosted VDI will most often provide you with the best experience by making use of the compute capacity of the datacenter. In most cases, this will dwarf what your local device – whatever it might be – can provide. […]

July 1st, 2008|Underneath the Hood, VDI Architecture|

Comparing User Experience

One of the biggest customer concerns with Virtual Desktops is the lacklustre user experience typical of many implementations. And before we get too far into this post, I don’t mean user experience hinged on Hypervisor performance. From the VDI point-of-view, that’s a myopic area of focus that’s a carryover from┬áserver virtualization.┬áBy the user experience, here, I mean interactivity levels, refresh rates, and the quality of the graphics experience. In a nutshell, stuff the display remoting protocol takes care of. Today, with VMware VDM (Virtual Desktop Manager), what you get is essentially an RDP experience.┬áAnd with VDM’s arch nemesis,┬áCitrix XenDesktop, you get ICA. How do the two compare? Well, now that competition between these companies is heating up, some interesting visual comparisons are surfacing that show side-by-side performance. There’s no other way to say this: VMware VDM performs poorly. This is amply evident when you watch the video below: […]

June 29th, 2008|User Experience, VDI Architecture|