A little over a year ago, the networking and desktop virtualization Citrix Systems invested in Kaviza, a company that specializes in virtual desktop infrastructure-in-a-box technology. Today, Citrix acquired Kaviza in hopes of expanding their small and medium sized business offerings.
One of the products that Kaviza is offering is VDI-in-a-box, a virtual desktop infrastructure that can be deployed in two hours or less, they say.
"VDI-in-a-box allows companies to run Windows images across desktops, tablets and smartphones from central servers using Citrix's HDX technology. The product can be deployed in two hours or less, Citrix promises. The software appliance is installed on a server with a hypervisor. Users can choose between XenServer from Citrix and VMware's ESX, and soon also Microsoft's Hyper-V."- Mikael Ricknäsm, CIO
Citrix and Kaviza hope that VDI-in-a-box can reduce costs by relieving the work load on the IT department during updates and maintenence.
This news comes just a week after Citrix's competitor VMware acquired Shavlik Technologies, which creates software allowing users to manage, monitor, and secure both physical and virtual environments. It will be interesting to see what Citrix does to compete with VMWare at their upcoming Synergy 2011 user conference in San Francisco between May 25 and 27th.