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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|

Virtual Strategy Magazine interviews Amir Husain, CEO of VDIworks

Virtual Strategy Magazine is one of the premier publications covering the virtualization industry. They recently conducted an extensive interview with our CEO, Amir Husain, on a variety of topics. Some interesting extracts are listed below, along with a link to the full interview: VSM: It is never a one size fits all when it comes to customer requirements within an establishment. Is VDIworks only providing a solution for a niche market with specific needs or can VDIworks help companies in general with their management of physical, as well as virtual, resources? AH: ThatÔÇÖs a great question. As I explained previously, we believe that virtual resource management in of itself is almost meaningless. There is no such thing as a virtual resource in isolation. It needs a physical server, a Hypervisor, a physical network, a connection to a physical endpoint, and so on and so forth. Virtualization is wonderful as an abstraction and it has many benefits, but it does not replace the need for physical management. We understand that, and the design approach weÔÇÖve taken with our products mirrors that understanding. ThatÔÇÖs precisely why we support management standards like WMI, IPMI, AMT and SNMP to provide integration with physical system components. Physical and virtual resources are both first-class managed assets in our management console. […]

November 21st, 2011|General & Informational, Industry Analysis, VDI News|

What low cost tablets like the Kindle Fire mean for VDI and Cloud Computing

Amazon’s low-cost Kindle Fire means even more ubiquitous endpoints for Cloud Computing and VDI The Amazon Kindle Fire is a low-cost ($200), well designed Android tablet with many of the bells and whistles available only in higher end products. First, it’s designed and built by Amazon, which is a great brand and has historically done a great job with the capabilities, support and ergonomics of their e-reader line. Second, the Kindle Fire finally breaks away from Amazon’s long tradition of using monochromatic e-paper display technology and actually introduces a touch capable colour screen. Finally, the device is no slouch; it’s powered by a dual core processor that keeps things zipping along at a fairly brisk pace. Of course, Amazon has tried to limit the new Kindle Fire to its own app store. Luckily these tie-ins to Amazon’s app eco-system can be conveniently sidestepped without root’ing the device or doing anything particularly unnatural!┬áThere was a great article that recently appeared on PC World which highlighted the fact that the Amazon Kindle Fire actually does allow users to use their Android phones to “sideload” all 250,000 of the Android Marketplace’s apps onto the Tablet. With this sort of low-cost, high quality, top-brand backed tablet product out in the market, do VDI and Cloud Computing plays stand to benefit? We think the answer is a resounding YES! We’ve been waiting for endpoints of this nature for a while now. The low cost point means adoption will start to pick up in a serious way. Whether it’s the Fire or other Fire-like tablet devices, the point is, this market is going to be huge at sub $200 cost points. With tons of these devices out there, two things will happen a) People who have PCs will spend quite a bit of their time interacting with these tablets and will hence need access to the content and apps they usually use on their PCs b) People who have never had computers or don’t particularly need desktops, will start to use tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire, as a primary computing device. […]

November 17th, 2011|Industry Analysis|

VDIworks is one of the top 15 desktop virtualization vendors according to CRN!

CRN Magazine recently placed us on their Virtualization 100 list, which was gratifying to say the least! But it only got better... because they followed up with a [...]

November 14th, 2011|General & Informational, Industry Analysis|

Fast Remote Desktop about to be released with iPhone support

We’re very happy with the traction we’ve been able to generate with our VideoOverIP protocol. It’s attracted a lot of OEM interest and it will soon start to appear in various products marketed under different brands. We’ve also had an iPad version of the protocol available on iTunes for a few months now. However, we weren’t supporting iPhones in the past. We’ll that’s about to change… with a new upcoming release of Fast Remote Desktop, VDIworks will be adding support for iPhone devices as well. We’ve done a lot of work to ensure that the experience is smooth even when delivered to the smaller iPhone screen and we hope you’ll like what you see. By adding iPhone support, we hope to grow our user base significantly. Adoption on the iPad has been very encouraging, and given that there are several times as many iPhones in the wild as iPads, we are looking forward to the opportunity at hand. […]

November 9th, 2011|VDI News|

Getting a virtual desktop environment going in under 5 minutes!

It's one thing to make claims about a desktop virtualization solution being simple and easy to deploy. But it's quite another to actually prove it! In this video, we show [...]

April 22nd, 2010|Ease of use, User Experience|

Use VDIworks Protocol Inspector to get a full view of VDI protocols in use on your network

If you haven’t yet heard about our new Protocol Inspector utility, you might want to check it out. For administrators responsible for maintaining hundreds of thousands of workstations, VMs and Thin clients, one key challenge can simply be knowing which systems support which protocols! With so many protocols out there, and many integrated into the OS (e.g. RDP), how do you know which endpoints and hosts are accessible? Protocol Inspector helps you tackle this conundrum… and more. PI is a simple utility that you can install in a few minutes and it doesn’t require any agents to be deployed on target VMs or Thin clients. You simply install it on a single network connected Windows system, then run a scan. It’ll discover all the nodes on your network and will analyze them to determine whether they run PCoIP, VideoOverIP, RGS, ICA, RDP or VNC. You’ll quickly be able to tell: […]

January 27th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Virtualization on your Smartphone? Engadget pooh-poohs VMware’s plans…

VMware recently bought a small, privately-held french virtualization company, Trango, that specialized in hypervisors for smartphones and small mobile devices. While many questioned whether it was a little extreme to virtualize a cell phone, VMware felt the time for this technology was nigh. In a recent article about VMware’s plans, the popular tech blog, Engadget, rips the virtualized cell phone idea to virtual – no pun intended – shreds: The company pledges it’ll be a seamless experience, but we’re doubtful given how even stepping out of HTC’s SenseUI into the OS below can occasionally result in mild nausea. The bigger question is who would want this, and it’s easy to think the answer is “basically nobody” Engadget […]

December 7th, 2009|Industry Analysis, VDI News|

VDIworks to showcase exciting Virtual Desktop solutions at GITEX 2009 in Dubai

Dubai is one of the hottest destinations on the planet and GITEX is fast becoming the most important IT show on the globe. With over 120,000 visitors expected this year, and over 3,000 major companies, GITEX now overshadows almost all other tech events. VDIworks will be showcasing its ground breaking Virtual Desktop and Systems Management technologies at GITEX. As usual, we promise to put up an excellent show! We’ll be demo’ing our flagship management product, VDP (Virtual Desktop Platform), our endpoint virtualization solution, VDIworks2Go, and of course, our blazing fast remoting protocol, VideoOverIP. Our presence at GITEX is a first for VDIworks and is part of our growing focus on EMEA as a region. The Information Technology market in the Middle East has been growing at a breathtaking pace. […]

October 16th, 2009|General & Informational, Industry Analysis, VDI News|

VideoOverIP Broadcast/Multi-Receiver mode enters Alpha

Our remote desktop protocol, VideoOverIP, ┬áis evolving very, very rapidly. Over just the last three months, we’ve added a litany of features and performance improvements. The gap between VideoOverIP and other protocols continues to widen. Just at a high-level, here’s a re-cap: 1) Support for Xen, VMware ESX and VMware Server 2) Audio input capability without requiring USB redirection; this means analog front-panel inputs on a Thinclient will work without customers needing to invest in a separate USB headset. 3) Multimonitor mode 4) Significant optimizations for Hyper-V; low CPU usage and excellent performance 5) Support for OpenGL and DirectX.┬áDirectX 10 in 1:1 mode And we’re now upping the ante with a very important feature lots of customers have been asking for: […]

October 1st, 2009|General & Informational, User Experience|