IBM Launches Virtual Desktop In India

18 May, 2011

IBM announced that its Virtual Desktop solution is now available in India.

With a virtual desktop solution installed, companies can host and manage the PCs and devices centrally rather than locally. This will allow them to manage new applications, configure automatic software updates and improve data integrity. It also translates into cost savings as it can allocate and manage PCs only when necessary.

The Virtual Desktop supports both Windows and Linux Virtual desktops and can be used on a wide variety of devices -- including iPads, plus a variety of tablets, thin clients and netbooks.

IBM's Virtual Desktop for Smart Business is being offered via partners such as ZSL and Ingram Micro. Ingram Micro will use its partnerships with manufacturers of thin clients, tablets and networking components to offer a complete solution.

"The Virtual Desktop is a first in a series of integrated solutions for midmarket Businesses. VDI expands the time and place where people can access information, contribute ideas and support customers," said Anoop Nambiar, Country Manager – Business Partner Organization, IBM India/SA, IBM. "Together with our partners, we're bringing the power of virtual computing to mid-sized companies seeking greater agility while freeing up critical IT resources."

IBM's Virtual Desktop has new features such as high-definition multimedia support and enhanced mobility. It is built on VERDE 5.1 technology, and combines virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), integrated offline VDI (using an integrated client-side hypervisor), and remote branch office functions.

This version 2.2 includes VERDE software from Virtual Bridges and can be deployed on a company's own IT infrastructure or on private clouds.

It also offers USB 2.0 peripheral support for integrated offline and online VDI. Another feature is the single user console from which users can access USB drives, keyboards and mice, printers, scanners, barcode readers and check printers.