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July 31, 2009

Virtual Bridges, IBM and Canonical Intro VERDE 2.0

Virtual Bridges, IBM and Canonical reportedly announced their latest combined software upgrade, VERDE 2.0, a Linux-server based virtual desktop.

"With increasing scrutiny on costs in organizations of all sizes, Linux desktops are gaining more ground, and the advent of the netbook computer is accelerating that," said Bob Sutor, vice president of Linux and Open Source at IBM (News - Alert) Software Group, in a statement. "The cost advantages of moving even a modest segment of users to Linux are very attractive, and virtualizing the desktop delivers even greater cost efficiencies and easier IT management. In today's economy, it's smart to investigate Linux on the desktop and Virtual Bridges' VERDE is a great way to do it."
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Officials said the joint offering is an Open Virtual Client desktop and is a combination of IBM's Smart Client desktop software, Canonical's Ubuntu (News - Alert) Linux servers and Linux desktop, and Virtual Bridges' VERDE Virtual Desktop Infrastructure offerings.
"Virtual Bridges VERDE 2.0 is a great new release," said Andi Mann, a leading industry analyst and Vice President of Research with Enterprise Management Associates, in a statement. "The Linux back-end means a low price point, the architecture is inherently scalable, and support for both online and offline users is extremely flexible. With partners like IBM and Canonical, Virtual Bridges is bringing out a very strong solution."
The company said the offering caters to both private cloud and public cloud requirements, and handles and delivers both Windows and Linux desktop sessions.
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"VERDE 2.0 will allow us to finally make the move to VDI with its ability to also manage our disconnected users", said Yoshio Suga, president of Orizon, a Japanese technology firm, in a statement. "We have been reluctant to deploy VDI due to cost issues of other solutions. VERDE 2.0 will be perfect for us."
The three companies said VERDE 2.0 also introduces software access even when Internet connectivity is unavailable to deliver virtualized access and therefore related computing, and achieves this apparently magical trick by integrating a lightweight, client installed hypervisor based on a new Self Managing Auto Replicating Technology protocol, which synchronizes a replicated cache running on the client-side hypervisor with the managed image on the server, the same image that is used to populate VDI sessions.
"Adding the ability to manage disconnected users alongside VDI users is another "first" for Virtual Bridges and really changes the game in the VDI space" said Jim Curtin, president and CEO of Virtual Bridges, in a statement. "It moves the state of the art beyond VDI to really becoming Desktop Management Infrastructure."
This new offering gives companies the option to lower costs by deploying a Microsoft (News - Alert)-alternative in either the whole organization or for particular user segments, claimed official sources, and organizations have the added options of either switching over to Linux desktops, or having a suitable mix of Linux and windows systems. Companies can even introduce thin clients.
"VERDE 2.0 automates for us several issues that typically drive up our costs - malware recovery, implementing patches and updates and provisioning new users," said Ken Tooke, CEO of Midas Networks, in a statement. "With the addition of a client-side hypervisor in VERDE 2.0 we can now offer our services to a wider population than with traditional VDI only. Running VERDE as part of OVC has also been attractive to our customers looking to lower their costs. The IBM Smart Client is an excellent alternative to expensive MS applications."
IBM claims its adds further value to the integrated solution because the IBM Open Collaboration Client Solution includes open standards-based email, word processing, spreadsheets, unified communication, social networking and more, providing users with exceptional productivity application alternatives; IBM's smart work client software is based on IBM Lotus Symphony, IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus applications; and, IBM Lotus Symphony supports the Open Document Format standard, the basis for global document interoperability.
Officials said that Verde 2.0 has in-built security against any type of virus threat or rogue attack while users are disconnected. Sources further claimed that any corrupted session can be simply restarted without any worries because it gets initiated from the write-protected replicated cache of the managed image, on the local disk, and this innovation eliminates costly help desk intervention.
"Ubuntu users can now confidently deploy best of breed Linux desktop solutions not only in traditional desktop scenarios, but now in a virtual desktop infrastructure -- or desktop cloud-based deployments," said Steve George, director of Corporate Services at Canonical, in a statement. "VERDE 2.0 helps decrease cost by optimizing existing resources - allowing businesses of any size to integrate Linux into their IT environment without disrupting operations."
This unique collaborated solution is available at $50 per seat for 1,000 seats or more, includes all advertised components, is available from partners as an Open Virtual Client bundle, and also directly from Virtual Bridges and its partners.

Vivek Naik is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Vivek's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney

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