Virtual Bridges, an IBM partner and maker of the VERDE desktop virtualization suite, has announced the availability of VERDE 4. According to the vendor, this release provides higher levels of simplicity, ease of deployment and management for administrators, as well as ease of use and a high-fidelity desktop experience for end users, often cited as major issues in VDI deployments.
The VERDE 4 Suite, a desktop virtualization solution for both Linux and Windows guests, introduces improvements for both VDI and disconnected users. According to Virtual Bridges, Verde is the only open management solution to provide both web-based administrative console and command-line interface to meet the needs of Linux and Windows administrators.
Because one display protocol will not address every use case, VERDE 4 provides a multi-protocol solution optimized for Linux and Windows desktops, provisioned by purpose. VERDE 4 provides support for NoMachine NX for Linux desktops, as well as RDP and RDP 7 for Windows, complementing the VERDE protocol that works with both Linux and Windows desktops. Users are automatically provisioned with the appropriate display protocol based on a specific use case, resulting in a secure and high-fidelity experience.
In addition, VERDE 4 includes its CloudBranch solution that delivers a LAN-like PC experience for branch office users who may be connected over slow and unreliable WANs. According to Virtual Bridges, market data indicates that many VDI deployments are stalling in headquarters because of poorly performing WAN connectivity to branch and remote offices. Virtual Bridges aims to address this by delivering a solution that scales from the data center to the branch office, disconnected-mode laptops, and USB sticks.
In partnership with the IBM Client for Smart Work and Canonical's Ubuntu server and desktop offerings, VERDE provides the choice of opting for a lower-cost cloud computing alternative. The IBM Client for Smart Work, based on IBM productivity and collaboration software, can help organizations save up to 50% per seat on software costs versus a Microsoft-based desktop, in addition to avoiding requisite hardware upgrades. The package allows companies to use their existing PCs, lower-cost netbooks and thin clients.
"VERDE's innovation continues to outpace the growing desktop virtualization market, as evidenced by the new benefits we're delivering in VERDE 4," says Jim Curtin, Virtual Bridges CEO. "Virtual Bridges is the only solution provider today that can provide cost-effective and comprehensive solutions with technology that has been architected purposefully for today's dynamic workforce, whether mobile, telecommuting, in branch offices, or working from headquarters. Our growing pipeline reflects a level of interest that we are uniquely positioned to address, based on the business issues that we solve."
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For more on the IBM Client for Smart Work, go here.