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XDS Announces New Line-up of SIMtone Appliances and Beta Availability of SIMtone VDU Virtual Desktop Server
XDS, Inc., a privately held company targeting the digital virtualization market, today announced the beta availability of the SIMtone VDU Virtual Desktop Server, and the general availability of a series of new SIMtone data center and SNAP appliances. Designed to connect and interoperate via the companys SIMtone VDU digital dial tone which provides seamless and secure access to corporate Windows desktop environments from any unmanaged connection inside or outside a firewall these new products support Microsoft Windows 2003, XP, Vista and Linux operating systems.

The SIMtone VDU Virtual Desktop Server offers a highly scalable virtual hosted desktop server that connects directly to the SIMtone VDU service, and supports all newly announced VDU features including USB services. The solution provides end-users with the same level of productivity and usability associated with laptops at a fraction of the cost, seamlessly available to them on any PC or thin client, anywhere, and without any security concerns. The SIMtone VDU Virtual Desktop Server supports the new Microsoft Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop (VECD) licensing model.

The VDU Standard Enterprise Connector is the data center appliance needed to connect existing shared or virtual hosted desktop servers to the SIMtone VDU service. The Enterprise Connector now scales to 1,000 users and is included at no additional charge with the price of the SIMtone VDU service.

The third data center device Enterprise Connector HA is the high availability version of the Enterprise Connector, and is designed to support multi-homed, seamless failover desktop servers for mission-critical configurations.

Two new SNAP (SIMtone Network Access Point) appliances are also available. End-users can now securely access their desktop via any browser with the newly announced WebSNAP, which provides browser-based SIMtone VDU service access from public PCs and private networks, such as client offices or hotel kiosks, in addition to using the downloadable SoftSNAP application for Windows XP and Vista.

From the convenience of a memory stick, the new USB SafeSNAP can easily plug into any PC and automatically convert it into a dedicated SNAP device. This is ideal for remote users that may be connecting in vulnerable locations including hotels, airports, or where Web browsing is restricted.

We expect the announcement of our expanded lineup of SIMtone-compliant SNAP and data center appliances and servers to exceed our customers virtual desktop computing needs, said Tim Mason, EVP Operations at XDS, Inc. These new appliances require no additional equipment or software, and are plug and play right out of the box without any user or IT administrator configuration required.

For more information on the beta of the SIMtone VDU Virtual Desktop Server and generally available SIMtone appliances, please visit

Published Saturday, June 09, 2007 10:33 PM by David Marshall
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