Kaviza/Citrix XenDesktop Kaviza, with its VDI-in-Box product, was one of the first to provide VDI support for iPads, iPhones and Android smartphones running on a data center hypervisor-Citrix Xen or VMware ESX 4.1.Kaviza VDI-in-a-Box is a plug-and-play virtual desktop system that basically anyone can get up and running for a small and midsize business. It truly is an automated, turnkey way to do it; you install the software on a commodity server, and it just finds all the nodes automatically. When Kaviza is running, the virtual desktop runs in its own browser-type window with all the application functionality needed. Little or no latency is apparent. Users can continue to use their local applications as normal. With the new client-side version, automatic sync-up will be available if the connectivity is cut off. "One of the biggest differentiators for Kaviza is that we can do all this for about one-third the cost of most of the others, because we plug right into inexpensive servers, and you can use any type of existing device as the client," Krishna Subramanian, Kaviza's chief operating officer, told eWEEK. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Kaviza and Citrix, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., are striving to keep all VDI deployments under $500 per seat.
Now it, too, has a new remote-client version, Kaviza Remote, coming out in April 2011. Citrix XenDesktop is providing the virtual desktop connector, and Kaviza the distribution method.