Showing posts with label VDI. Show all posts
Showing posts with label VDI. Show all posts

Sunday, August 30, 2015

NVIDIA's GRID 2.0 Virtual Desktop Doubles Density to 128 Users per Server

NVIDIA introduced its GRID 2.0 virtual desktop solution featuring greater density and performance along with support from major server vendors, including Cisco, Dell, HP and Lenovo. NVIDIA has worked closely with Citrix and VMware to bring a rich graphics experience to end-users on the industry's leading virtualization platforms.

Highlights include:


  • Doubled user density: NVIDIA GRID 2.0 doubles user density over the previous version, introduced last year, allowing up 128 users per server. This enables enterprises to scale more cost effectively, expanding service to more employees at a lower cost per user.
  • Doubled application performance: Using the latest version of NVIDIA’s award-winning Maxwell GPU architecture, NVIDIA GRID 2.0 delivers twice the application performance as before — exceeding the performance of many native clients.
  • Blade server support: Enterprises can now run GRID-enabled virtual desktops on blade servers — not simply rack servers — from Cisco, Dell, HP and others.
  • Linux support: No longer limited to the Windows operating system, NVIDIA GRID 2.0 now enables enterprises in industries that depend on Linux applications and workflows to take advantage of graphics-accelerated virtualization.


http://www.nvidia.com

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Yahoo Japan Deploys Nutanix for VDI

Yahoo Japan Corporation has deployed the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform for desktop virtualization to mitigate the impact of malware infections and provide a consistent IT framework for staff working across the business.

“We deployed VDI on Nutanix in three hubs that review and patrol third-party sites, and as the operational infrastructure for about 300 staff,” said Hiroshi Kiyomiya, CTO, Yahoo Japan Corporation.

“Desktops that are infected are immediately removed per our security guidelines; previously it took several hours to reinstall and setup the machine before work could continue. With our new Nutanix VDI environment we can immediately reset the virtual desktop that has been infected, revert to a virtual desktop image before it was infected, and work can be resumed immediately, so we are seeing staff productivity improve by 30%. ”

http://www.nutanix.com

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Cisco Supports new Citrix Workspace Suite

Cisco announced its support for the new Citrix Workspace Suite, which simplifies how organizations provide highly secure and optimized access to apps, data, communications and services on any device from networked locations.

The Cisco Mobile Workspace Solution with Citrix is an end-to-end solution that delivers application and desktop virtualization as well as highly secure mobile access control and enterprise mobility management (EMM), including enterprise file sharing. The combined solution is customizable and can be deployed in part or comprehensively to meet the broadest range of work styles and business requirements.

“Our alliance with Cisco spans many years, and as Cisco’s first mobile workspace partner, we share a common vision of helping customers embrace mobility by seamlessly uniting our technologies to deliver a solution that enables better ways of working. Today, we are delivering on that vision and offering customers a powerful solution that enhances user experience and productivity while simplifying and securing IT infrastructure in a cost-effective manner,” stated Sudhakar Ramakrishna, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise and Service Provider Division, Citrix.

http://www.cisco.com
http://www.citrix.com

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Nutanix Intro VDI Management

Nutanix, a start-up based in San Jose, California, introduced a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) management program that lets customers purchase advanced web-scale infrastructure per desktop, and de-risk their VDI investment through a VDI Assurance pricing option.

Nutanix said its program addresses the concern that purchasing traditional server and storage infrastructure for VDI is complicated and can undermine user experience when not properly sized or designed. The company believes that cloud-based DaaS (desktop as a service) offerings to will struggle to match the security and long-term total cost of ownership (TCO) of on-premise solutions.

The Nutanix Per Desktop Program enables enterprises to purchase and deploy desktop infrastructure as a predictable, public cloud-like service.

http://www.nutanix.com/2014/05/01/nutanix-unveils-industrys-most-comprehensive-vdi-solution/

In January 2014, Nutanix closed $101 million in Series D financing co-led by Riverwood Capital and SAP Ventures.

The company, which is based in San Jose, California, said it has exceeded $100 million in lifetime sales and acquired 13 customers who have purchased more than $1 million of products within two years of launching its Virtual Computing Platform. Customers include eBay, McKesson, Toyota, Orange Business Services and Hyundai Hysco.

The Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform is a converged infrastructure solution that consolidates the compute (server) tier and the storage tier into a single, integrated appliance.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NTT Com Launches U.S. Cloud-based Virtual Desktop Service

NTT Communications announced the US-market launch of an Enterprise Virtual Desktop Infrastructure service based on XenDesktop by Citrix Systems.

The service, which runs on newly-built server infrastructure located in the United States, is aimed at globally active enterprises with a need "to protect information, standardize IT governance and integrate desktop environments with standardized cloud infrastructure rather than having to build desktop environments in each country. PC environments in overseas locations can now be constructed and managed from within the United States on an integrated basis.

NTT Com's Enterprise Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is linked to Arcstar Universal One, the company's global network service for enterprises.

Going forward, NTT Com plans to launch Enterprise Virtual Desktop Infrastructure platforms in other markets, including Europe and ex-Japan Asia, as well as enhance the customer portal with added functionality.

“Citrix is developing leading desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) provider programs and new technologies that partners use to differentiate their businesses,” said Mitch Parker, Vice President and General Manager, Citrix Cloud Services, Citrix Systems Inc. “Incorporation of XenDesktop in NTT Com’s Enterprise Virtual Desktop Infrastructure will enable U.S. companies to better satisfy their global computing needs. The combination of industry-leading desktop virtualization technology with U.S.-based cloud service platforms will ensure that customers worldwide can use desktop virtual environments safely on a highly flexible and expandable service platform.”

http://www.ntt.com/aboutus_e/news/data/20140410.html

Earlier this year, NTT Communications began offering U.S. and Europe-based platforms for Arcstar UCaaS, its globally seamless, cloud-based unified communications service for enterprises.

NTT Com's Arcstar UCaaS uses cloud-based infrastructure to assure low-latency, highly redundant communication. It integrates VoIP phones, web and audio conferencing, instant messaging, presence and other collaboration tools in the cloud.

Arcstar UCaaS combines the expertise and experience of NTT Com and group companies including Arkadin in fields such as applications, cloud infrastructure and networks.

http://www.ntt.com/aboutus_e/news/data/20140203.html

In 2013, NTT Communications agreed to acquire the majority stake in Arkadin, which delivers SaaS conference-related solutions covering audio, web, video conferencing and unified communications services.

Arkadin, which was launched in 2001 by CEO, Olivier de Puymorin, serves approximately 37,000 customers in 32 countries, including France, Germany, the UK, USA, Australia, China, Singapore and Japan. The company was based in Paris.  Arkadin was backed by AXA Private Equity.

Arkadin offers unified communications based on Microsoft Lync, as well as Cisco Jabber combined with WebEx. Services are delivered in the cloud.  Arkadin also offers Adobe Connect for audio/video/web conferencing and collaboration.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Citrix Acquires Framehawk for Desktop Virtualization over Wi-Fi, Cellular

Citrix has acquired Framehawk, a start-up based in San Francisco that develops optimization software for extending virtual desktops and applications to mobile devices over Wi-Fi and cellular.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Citrix said the Framehawk platform will combined with its HDX technology in the Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop products. Framehawk’s leadership and engineering teams will be integrated into the Enterprise and Service Provider division of Citrix.

“With enterprises increasingly enabling mobility for their employees, the ability to deliver apps and desktops with the best user experience to any of the billions of devices on the market is of paramount importance. As a company, we are focused on delivering the best user experience on any device, over any network. The addition of Framehawk’s technology to the HDX portfolio enables Citrix to continue to lead the industry in delivering a powerful virtual desktop and application experience," stated Sudhakar Ramakrishna, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise and Service Provider division at Citrix.

http://www.citrix.com/news/announcements/jan-2014/citrix-acquires-framehawk.html

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Cisco Offers Desktop as a Service (DaaS) for Cloud Providers

Cisco introduced a Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution that enables enabling cloud providers to offer their customers a either a VMware or Citrix virtual desktop subscription service using the Cisco Unified Computing System and the Cisco Unified Data Center architecture.

The Cisco DaaS solution delivers up to 252 virtual desktops on a single UCS blade server while supporting end user applications that require high-quality rendering of immersive, 3D graphics.  Cisco is also adding new UCS Solution Accelerator Packs for Desktop Virtualization that provide simplified ordering.

"Many organizations are looking for ways to achieve the benefits of desktop virtualization without the need to install and maintain equipment or make capital investments," said Satinder Sethi, Vice President, Engineering.  "Not only is Desktop as a Service a great solution for a growing number of companies, but Cisco's offering is uniquely architected to help cloud service providers achieve rapid time-to-market while economically scaling their business."

"Desktone by VMware and Cisco have developed a complete and proven blueprint for enabling service providers to offer a Desktop as a Service solution for delivering Windows desktops and applications as a cloud service based on VMware Horizon View." said Peter McKay, Vice President and General Manager, End-User Computing, VMware. "Our mutual customers such as Logicalis, Quest, Netelligent, Dimension Data, Adapt and ANS are utilizing our unique architecture that includes multi-tenancy, self-service provisioning, multi data center management, multi-desktop model support, grid-scale, and security to deliver Desktop as a Service and provide differentiated value added services to their customers".

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1300895

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Amazon WorkSpaces Delivers Virtual Windows 7 Desktops

Amazon Web Services launched a virtual desktop in the cloud service.

Amazon WorkSpaces provides a Windows 7 desktop with persistent storage and integrated with corporate active directories. Because it is a cloud service, all data is secured in the cloud and not at the user's location.

There are four standard bundles. Here are the hardware specifications for each one:

  • Standard - 1 vCPU, 3.75 GiB of memory, and 50 GB of persistent user storage - $35 / user / month.
  • Standard Plus - 1 vCPU, 3.75 GiB of memory, and 50 GB of persistent user storage - $50 / user / month.
  • Performance - 1 vCPU, 3.75 GiB of memory, and 100 GB of persistent user storage - $60 / month.
  • Performance Plus - 2 vCPU, 7.5 GiB of memory, and 100 GB of persistent user storage - $75 / month.

All of the bundles include Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9, 7-Zip, the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), and other utilities. The Standard and Performance Plus bundles also include Microsoft Office Professional and Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Services.

WorkSpaces can also be accessed from iPads, Kindles, and Android tablets.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

VMware Acquires Desktone for Desktop-As-A-Service

VMware has acquired Desktone, a start-up offering a multi-tenant desktop virtualization platform for delivering Windows desktops and applications as a cloud service. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Desktone, which is based in Lexington, MA, offers a "Desktone" platform that was purpose-built for service providers to deliver windows applications and desktops as a cloud service with unique capabilities such as:

  • Multi-tenancy – A must for cloud delivery. Each customer gets a separate virtual environment to ensure security while cloud providers are able to manage multiple customers under one platform.
  • Self Service of virtual desktops – Simple provisioning from the cloud enables self-service for IT of full VDI, shared session remote desktop service (RDS) desktops and applications without the need to procure hardware or software.
  • Grid-based architecture for elastic scalability – Advanced architecture enables unlimited scalability across multiple geographies and data centers.
  • Low cost of delivery – Open source based technology eliminates Microsoft licensing fees and third-party software management, resulting in cost savings over competitive desktop virtualization offerings.

“The combination of VMware and Desktone’s global partner network will allow customers in all regions to benefit from the economies of scale provided by DaaS,” said Peter McKay, president and chief executive officer, Desktone. “With the Desktone platform already certified with the VMware vCloud technology, VMware vSphere and VMware Horizon View, customers will be able to quickly modernize and move their desktop infrastructure to the cloud and open new possibilities for customers, users and service providers.”

http://www.vmware.com/

Monday, August 19, 2013

HP's New Graphic Server Blade Virtualizes NVIDIA GPUs

HP introduced a Graphics Server Blade powered by NVIDIA GRID GPUs.  This allows up to 8 simultaneous virtual desktops to benefit from the processing performance of NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs).

HP said its Gen8 server with NVIDIA GRID or Multi-GPU Carrier lowers the cost per user while delivering levels of graphics performance previously unavailable for desktop virtualization users. The NVIDIA GRID K1 and K2 GPU adapters also enable multiple media-rich PC or high-end graphics users per blade by providing graphics capability to each virtual machine.

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=1461268#.UhKNApLlZ8G

http://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2013/08/19/blade/

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