Desktop virtualization infrastructure (VDI) was supposed to solve so many
problems. Instead, for IT operations, it signaled the need to buy and operate
ever-growing server farms and manage complex virtual machines and redundant
underlying operating systems. For users, VDI became synonymous with poor
performance and limited (or no) access to desktop functions for knowledge
workers and employees on the go.
But an emerging player with a different approach to virtualization says
everything we think we know about desktop virtualization is wrong. Zirtu aims to
disrupt traditional notions of desktop virtualization, removing the requirement
for servers and thin clients, simplifying IT management, cutting costs and
delivering full desktop functionality to end users - even those who are
constantly on the go. This last point - full desktop virtualization for mobile
staff - is key in a world where mobile workforces are quickly becoming the rule
rather than the exception.
"We've been indoctrinated to think a certain way about desktop
virtualization," notes Zirtu Vice President Jake Lifshits. "But it doesn't have
to be the expensive, complex, inflexible, dysfunctional solution IT
professionals and users alike have experienced. Zirtu delivers massive
per-server density, seamless performance, offline capabilities and an excellent
user experience. In short, we've redefined desktop virtualization. And we've
taken it on the road."
Designed with client-side computing in mind, Zirtu accesses storage to house
user containers - called Virtual DNA Containers - that run natively on the
user's end-point machine (real - not virtual). This provides users with the same
desktop experience anywhere at any time and on any end-point. It not only
eliminates the need to purchase and manage costly servers and client-side
hardware, it reduces licensing costs to enable even smaller enterprises to take
advantage of a brand-new approach to virtualization.
Zirtu addresses a major pain-point for companies fielding increasingly mobile
workforces: Offsite users can simply login from any computer and instantly
access their stored desktop functions. They have full access to all their
applications and personalization. If their connection goes down, they can
continue working offline seamlessly. When reconnected, all changes made while
offline are updated to the centrally-stored Virtual DNA Container.
Type 0 Hypervisor technology makes it all possible: Instead of using
traditional Type 2 and 1 hypervisors that require a virtual hardware layer and
underlying operating systems that hamper performance and connectivity and
require IT staff intervention, Zirtu's Type 0 Hypervisor provides a true virtual
desktop that runs natively on the end-point machine, delivering the same
workflow and environment users expect - with no training required.
It executes the user's Virtual DNA Container directly and natively on the
actual hardware layer without involving redundant intermediaries. In essence,
the end-point computer becomes replaceable and completely stateless, meaning
employees can use their own computers without worrying about backup and disaster
recovery any longer. The result? A better experience for users and fewer
headaches for the IT organization.
Not surprisingly, Zirtu already enjoys strong interest from Fortune 500
companies, whose innovation-focused IT units are already implementing Zirtu
deployments and looking to expand those to enterprise-wide desktop
virtualization strategy toward Q4 2012.
Finally - a great leap forward in virtualization technology, and one that
actually fulfills the promise of VDI, including full functionality for knowledge
and mobile workers. Find out more about Zirtu at www.zirtu.com .