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Virtual Bridges Announces Immediate Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Support for New IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform

Virtual Bridges, Inc. today announced its flagship VERDE solution now provides virtual desktop management and provisioning capabilities for the IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform. Working together with IBM, VERDE is immediately available as an integrated and enabled workload offering within the new IBM solution.

According to IBM, the market for cloud services is expected to grow to $89 billion by 2015. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), which allows programs, applications, processes and data from remote PCs to be stored and managed from a central location, is ideally suited for cloud services and helping to drive growing demand. VERDE from Virtual Bridges will enable service providers to capitalize on this exploding market.

Service providers can use VERDE to accelerate the delivery of cost-effective cloud-based VDI workloads to businesses of all sizes. This combination of IBM, Virtual Bridges and service providers ushers in the next era of VDI, moving beyond the data center and into the cloud.

“Cloud-based services are quickly emerging as a critical business model for service providers,” said Lauren States, vice president of Cloud Computing for IBM Software Group. “The new cloud service management platform can help providers speed the time to market of new services, including virtual desktop management, while helping lower the associated costs and risk.”

VERDE provides a comprehensive, end-to-end desktop virtualization solution combining online, off-line and remote branch VDI solutions. Key advantages include the industry’s first integrated and disconnected use solution, a single Gold Master provisioning model, Distributed Connection brokering architecture, flexibility to run Windows and Linux desktops, branch-level VDI at LAN speeds, and desktop portability on a USB stick. From a deployment perspective, VERDE’s flexibility is designed to meet the needs of any customer, offering on-premise, hosted and hybrid deployment modes while reducing total cost of ownership.

“This is a great combination for blending the efficiency of IBM’s cloud provisioning infrastructure with the best-of-breed VDI capabilities of Virtual Bridges,” said James Kaylor, senior director of Information Systems & Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, a joint customer of IBM and Virtual Bridges. “The enabled VDI workload from Virtual Bridges was tightly integrated and seamless to deploy.”

“Cloud computing is expanding into many diverse areas but one of the most exciting is the management and provisioning of virtual desktops,” said Jim Curtin, president and CEO of Virtual Bridges. “The combination of IBM’s Cloud Service Provider Platform and VERDE delivers a powerful service provider-ready solution that not only provisions the cloud infrastructure but also the integrated virtual desktop ‘workload’ on top of it.”

Published Monday, November 08, 2010 5:51 PM by David Marshall
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