Kaviza Adds VDI Support for iPad, iPhone, Android Devices

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-09-27

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.

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