IBM announced a new set of virtual desktop flexible solutions, known as IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solutions, which will help enterprises handle the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) to work craze.
IBM (NYSE:IBM) is tapping into its longtime
expertise with virtualization to help enterprises deal with the increasing
demand for users to employ their own devices to access corporate or
IBM has announced a set of flexible workplace
solutions that enable organizations to create a simple, cost-effective
environment that enables employees to use any device to access workplace
applications any time and any place.
The new IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure
solutions are designed to help enterprises better manage the rising trend
toward employees taking their own electronic devices to work, also known as
bring your own device, or BYOD. It allows organizations to manage desktops
centrally while small or large numbers of users can access desktop applications
from any location or device, including PCs, tablets, smart phones, laptops and
thin clients, IBM said in a press release.
Indeed, IBM created the solutions to help
users avoid the constraints of physical computing, as the new offerings support
a wide range of hardware, software and virtualization platforms across various
industries, including health care, education, financial services and retail, as
well as the public sector, local, state and federal government agencies.
For example, the 2,000-student Gilmer
Independent School District in Gilmer, Texas, is using the offering to provide
a more flexible workplace for teachers and administrators.
"The IBM virtual desktop solution with
Virtual Bridges VERDE on System x allows us to lower desktop management costs,
while improving data security and disaster recovery, said Rusty Ivey, the
school districts technology director, in a statement. VDI improves the
productivity of our teachers and administrative staff, as well as lab users by
providing instant access to the latest operating systems and applications
anytime and anywhere, using their choice of electronic devices."
The IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure
solutions come tested across hardware, software and services to help streamline
IT administration and help take the guesswork out of the transition to a
virtual desktop environment. IBM developed the offerings in collaboration with
other solutions providers, including Citrix, Virtual Bridges and VMware.
For instance, using IBM System x servers
running VMware Vie software, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. implemented
a virtual desktop environment that included "Desktop Everywhere" to
create an easy-to-use terminal, IBM said. The bank started by replacing a
virtual environment of 3,000 PCs with Vie software. According to
Bank-of-Tokyo-Mitsubishi Senior Manager Mizuhiko Tokunaga, company studies
showed that the virtual desktop offering provided two advantagessupport for
more software types and the ability to prevent an application failure from
bringing down the entire system.
"Our strong ecosystem of partners and
robust, open-reference approach provide a range of time-tested virtual desktop
solutions for multiple environments," said Adalio Sanchez, general manager
of IBMs System x business, in a statement. "Together, we're able to bring
the power of virtual computing to any size company seeking secure, end-to-end
solutions that provide greater agility, reduced costs and complexity, while
freeing up critical IT resources."
IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure
solutions are also being used at Corporate Information Systems Company Asia
Pacific, a division of Panasonic Asia Pacific Pte., IBM said.