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Devon IT and Kaviza Offer InstantVDI to JumpStart Desktop Virtualization by Re-using Existing PCs and Servers

Kaviza, the leader in easy and affordable desktop virtualization recently acquired by Citrix Systems, Inc., and Devon IT, a leading provider of thin client hardware and software solutions, announced today at Citrix Synergy™ the general availability of InstantVDI, a new bundle that enables organizations to immediately deploy desktop virtualization by repurposing their existing server and PC infrastructure. The bundle integrates the award-winning Kaviza VDI-in-a-box, an all-in-one solution that delivers high-definition virtual desktops using inexpensive off-the-shelf servers, with the innovative Devon IT VDI Blaster™ software that turns any PC into a locked-down thin client. The new VDI Blaster comes pre-loaded with the Kaviza Desktop client so customers can turn either a bare-metal or existing Windows PC instantly into a Kaviza end-point.

The Devon IT-Kaviza InstantVDI solution seamlessly delivers a rich high-definition virtual desktop user experience with built-in Citrix HDX™ technology. Customers can purchase this bundle through resellers of both Devon IT and Kaviza for $185 per concurrent user. For a free trial, go to http://www.kaviza.com. In addition, Devon IT announced today that both its TC2 and TC5 thin clients are Kaviza-ready and will ship with the Kaviza Desktop Client to enable seamless integration with Kaviza VDI-in-a-box. With the recently announced acquisition of Kaviza by Citrix, Citrix Solution Advisors who also sell Devon IT can also offer the bundle starting July 1, 2011.

“Customers in industries such as education and the public sector are facing unprecedented budget cuts, and are looking for ways to do more with less. We are proud to partner with Devon IT and offer the Instant VDI bundle that enables customers to stretch IT budgets by fully reusing their old infrastructure, while embracing the consolidation and management benefits of desktop virtualization,” says Kumar K. Goswami, CEO Kaviza, now VP Products, SMB Solutions, Citrix Systems, Inc.

“Kaviza’s approach to the virtual desktop market will greatly simplify VDI deployments for an array of customers,” commented Joe Makoid, president, Devon IT. “Combined with our VDI Blaster software, Kaviza makes it attractive and easy for SMB and public sector customers to take advantage of virtual desktop infrastructures. This kind of turnkey approach enables VDI to be accessed by smaller firms in addition to medium and larger companies that are heavily staffed with IT personnel.”

Kaviza VDI-in-a-box is an award-winning, next-generation virtual desktop solution that is one-third the cost of deploying enterprise-class VDI solutions. Kaviza VDI-in-a-box uses a patent-pending grid architecture that completely redefines the way virtual desktops are delivered and managed. Kaviza provides high-availability and on-demand scaling without requiring expensive shared storage or any management servers. This simplifies deployments and reduces costs by over 60 percent without compromising on fundamentals. Kaviza delivers optimized rich high-definition user experience with built-in Citrix HDX technology.

VDI Blaster from Devon IT is software that converts PCs into secure, centrally manageable thin clients that can connect to centrally hosted desktops or applications. PCs repurposed with VDI Blaster are immune to viruses and totally stateless. Organizations of all sizes can deploy VDI Blaster to repurpose PCs, extend the life of PCs (and their original capital investment), and experience the benefits of virtual desktop and thin client environments at a fraction of the price of a vast, new PC or thin client deployment.

Attendees at Citrix Synergy can stop by the Kaviza booth (614) and the Devon IT booth (516) for more information and demonstrations.

Published Wednesday, May 25, 2011 9:05 AM by David Marshall
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