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Devon IT Launches VDI Blaster Software to Extend Desktop PC Life
Devon IT, Inc., a leading alternative desktop solution company, today announced general availability of the VDI Blaster™ software suite designed to extend the useful life of desktop computers. VDI Blaster™ is available for an introductory price USD $19.95 per device at

Users download VDI Blaster™ to old PCs via a USB key or a network install. VDI Blaster™ deploys Devon IT's thin client operating system, Devon Terminal Operating System (DeTOS™), and Devon IT’s thin client management software, ThinManage™, to help IT administrators manage enterprise-wide deployments from a central location. Once VDI Blaster™ is deployed, users can select to boot into their normal Windows operating system or into DeTOS™.

"Using VDI Blaster to convert aging enterprise PCs into secure, managed thin clients enables organizations of all sizes to extend their capital investment in PCs while testing thin client computing models," explained Joe Makoid, President, Devon IT. "Traditional desktops typically need to be refreshed or replaced every three or four years, but companies and organizations can now extend the life of these PCs by converting them into thin clients. Users can simultaneously test hosted client computing methods, and we hope VDI Blaster will continue the momentum of IT administrators moving from desktop PCs to hosted client environments."

VDI Blaster:

• Extends the useful life of aging PCs

• Uses virtual desktops, simply and cost effectively with no hardware replacement necessary

• Maintains Windows desktop experience

• Centrally manages converted PCs

• Allows Plug and play replacement of PC to a thin client when ready

• Converts back to Windows operating system as needed

Devon IT is working with customers and business partners such as IBM and VMware to make VDI Blaster™ available to IT administrators and executives worldwide.

“VDI Blaster™ provides an intuitive vehicle to help PCs run longer and save companies significant amounts of money by extending their original capital investments and avoiding PC refreshes,” says Stephane Verdy, CTO, Devon IT. “Organizations can also use VDI Blaster™ as a testing platform for server-based and virtual desktop environments, as VDI Blaster™ essentially turns a PC into a thin client. Devon IT’s ThinManage™ also helps manage enterprise desktops from one place in the datacenter, another cost-saving benefit.”

“Offering VDI Blaster™ with VMware View™ gives enterprises the ability to transform PC environments into virtual desktop environments overnight at a fraction of the cost,” says Raj Mallempati, director of product marketing, Desktop Business Unit, VMware. “VDI Blaster™ will help to immediately bring the security and manageability benefits of VMware View to organizations while allowing them to leverage their investments in existing assets.”

“We have traditionally used desktop PCs for all of our employees, but are continually looking for ways to extend the useful life of these PCs as well as migrate towards a virtual desktop approach,” says Kevin DiBricida, Network Administrator from Continental Bank. “We are using VDI Blaster™ to demonstrate the benefits of thin client computing to our company, and see this as a unique and cost-effective approach to the ongoing total-cost –of-ownership issue of desktop PCs.”

“We are excited to offer the VDI Blaster™ software to our customers and allow them to save money on hardware costs as well as gain the benefits of desktop virtualization,” says Ray Collazo, President, Corpsolv Inc. “PC and even thin client deployments would be much more expensive, and with VDI Blaster™ our customers can immediately benefit from higher enterprise security and increased manageability of their desktop devices.”

“There’s no question that the thin client market is growing, a trend that is fueled by innovative vendors. Devon IT is leveraging its growing reputation with partners interviewed by Viewpoint for high quality customized thin client solutions,” says Dorothy Rosenthal VP, Research, a channels focused IT analyst firm. “New thin client products from Devon IT offers partners alternative solutions and choices to the established thin client vendors. Devon’s relationship with IBM endorses Devon’s thin client solution and has been a good platform to launch Devon’s expansion into the channel.”

For more information about VDI Blaster™, please visit or For more information about Devon IT, thin client computing, or virtualization, or to arrange for a demonstration, email or call 610-757-4220 or 888-524-9382. Devon IT will be demonstrating the VDI Blaster™ on repurposed PCs at the VMworld tradeshow, booth 2444, in San Francisco, CA, August 28 through September 2, 2009. Follow Devon IT updates from VMworld 2009 on Twitter at

Published Monday, August 31, 2009 9:48 AM by David Marshall
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