AUSTIN, Texas--()--Virtual Bridges today announced it has joined the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA), helping to increase overall awareness of the KVM hypervisor and provide organizations with education, best practices and technical advice to better evaluate virtualization options, including open source alternatives. As the only vendor to offer online, offline and branch VDI, Virtual Bridges provides support for both Windows and Linux desktops and has long recognized the benefits of KVM.
“Effective VDI solutions not only decrease the cost and complexity of desktop management, but also provide broad coverage to all end users, anywhere, anytime. In doing that, they must support all devices including tablets, netbooks, laptops and thin clients, across both Linux and Windows platforms”
While first generation VDI offerings require organizations to invest in expensive proprietary virtualization solutions, second generation products leverage open source to offer superior scalability, performance and security, all at a lower price point. Virtual Bridges VERDE, the industry’s first VDI Gen2 solution, leverages the lightweight framework and portability of the KVM hypervisor and uses the SPICE protocol to provide a high-quality user experience for remote access, similar to being in a LAN environment. The combination of KVM and the VERDE platform has produced the industry’s only hypervisor stack purpose-built for desktop virtualization.
“Effective VDI solutions not only decrease the cost and complexity of desktop management, but also provide broad coverage to all end users, anywhere, anytime. In doing that, they must support all devices including tablets, netbooks, laptops and thin clients, across both Linux and Windows platforms,” said Jim Curtin, CEO of Virtual Bridges. “VDI Gen2 solutions make it easy to run Windows and Linux in parallel. With the help of the Open Virtualization Alliance, Linux and KVM will continue to grow, offering real choice to organizations looking to solve today’s virtualization challenges.”
The Open Virtualization Alliance estimates that companies that have deployed KVM-based solutions have saved as much as 80 percent over deploying similar configurations based on proprietary solutions. Virtual Bridges VERDE users also report strong ROI, including reductions in both CAPEX and OPEX spending.
“We are very pleased to welcome Virtual Bridges into the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA),” said Scott Crenshaw, vice president and general manager, Cloud Business at Red Hat and a founding member of the Open Virtualization Alliance. “This groundswell of support for the Open Virtualization Alliance from industry leaders and innovators shows the overwhelming demand for KVM as the open virtualization alternative. KVM delivers leading performance, scalability and security, making it the ideal alternative to proprietary virtualization technologies.”
Released in 2010, VERDE has gained market traction for its ease of use, centralized management and support for both Windows and Linux desktops. VERDE delivers value to online, offline and branch users, all from the same management interface. The VDI Gen2 solution helps organizations improve IT efficiency, reduce labor costs, extend PC lifecycles and reduce security risks.
About Open Virtualization Alliance
The mission of the Open Virtualization Alliance is to foster the adoption of KVM as an open virtualization alternative, accelerate the emergence of an ecosystem of third-party solutions around KVM, increase overall awareness and understanding of KVM, encourage interoperability, promote best practices and highlight examples of customer successes. Founding members of the Open Virtualization Alliance include BMC Software, Eucalytpus Systems, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat, Inc. and SUSE.
About Virtual Bridges
Virtual Bridges VERDE is the industry’s most comprehensive desktop management and provisioning solution that leverages virtualization to deliver desktops either on-premise or in the cloud. The VERDE solution lets enterprises transform their desktop TCO by simplifying desktop management, improving security and compliance by centralizing the administration of desktop images and data, and increasing the organizational agility by quickly providing desktop and application access to users on any client machine (PC, Macintosh, Linux, thin client, home computer or on a portable drive) at any time.