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Virtual Bridges Shrinks the “I” in VDI


Continuing our theme of bold claims in the desktop virtualization space, I had a quick update last week from Virtual Bridges, the all-in-one virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) vendor. The Austin-based company sees themselves heralding the “end of stateful endpoint management” (Win7 upgrades, anyone?) and announced that the “days of purpose-built VDI are here.” Sounds good, eh?

Virtual Bridges’ VERDE 5 is a complete virtual desktop management solution, combining features of traditional VDI (hosted), offline VDI, and remote branch desktop support into one suite—without the need for a VMware or Citrix virtualization platform—all for a very attractive price (around $500/Desktop).

VERDE is built on a KVM-based hypervisor, optimized for desktop virtualization. Along with the built-in hypervisor, VERDE layers on display protocols [SPICE, RDP, NX] selected automatically based on user connection and type, optimized storage performance (including DAS support), Gold Master shared image technology, stateless clustering, and support for both Windows and Linux desktops…quite a bit of functionality for a start-up.

The secret is that Virtual Bridges isn’t exactly a start-up—they’ve been building their virtual desktop solution for almost a decade. It just doesn’t look like the solutions that have been crafted and promoted by the emerging server virtualization leaders. But, in my view, VERDE has all the desktop user experience essentials without a lot of the heavy infrastructure requirements of competitive solutions. In short, it has enough features to be disruptive and is definitely worth a look.

  • Premiered: 11/20/10
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Bartoletti Desktop Virtualization VDI virtual bridges


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