Kaviza Adds VDI Support for iPad, iPhone, Android Devices

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-09-27 Print this article Print

Kaviza's software is installed on a server with a hypervisor -- Citrix Xen or VMware ESX 4.1 -- that enables enterprises to run Windows across multiple desktops from one or more company servers.

Kaviza, the fast-up-and-coming virtual desktop software startup, now has added support for iPads, iPhones and Android smartphones.

Users of those devices now can access virtualized Windows desktops using Version 3.1 of Kaviza's VDI-in-a-Box product and Citrix Receiver, CEO Kumar Goswani told eWEEK on Sept. 23.

What this means is that users can access an enterprise VDI system on those devices simply as one of the windows on the device. Local applications run as they normally do.

Kaviza's software is installed on a server with a hypervisor-Citrix Xen or VMware ESX 4.1-which enables enterprises to run the Microsoft operating system across multiple desktops from one or more company servers.

One of the biggest advantages of a VDI system, for example, is much easier OS updating and system patching, since it only has to be done a few times rather than for every single device in the company.

Kaviza virtual desktops are aimed at small to medium-size businesses but also can be utilized by remote offices in larger enterprises, Goswami said. Hundreds of seats seems to be the "sweet spot" for the product, he said.

Read my eWEEK colleague Frank Ohlhorst's review of Kaviza here.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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