Virtualization expert Citrix has announced the launch of new IT solutions targeted to assist small and medium businesses. These solutions are designed to help such businesses make the leap into desktop virtualization. One key element of this SMB initiative is Citrix VDI-in-a-Box, which the company is promoting as a virtual desktop "all-in-one" solution. When combined with cloud-based support from a managed services provider, VDI-in-a-Box will allow those providers to support and monitor the deployment of virtual desktops from remote locations. This opens up the possibility of remote managed services personnel assisting with deployments at several different branch offices operated by a company, for example.
Benefits of VDI-in-a-Box
Citrix HDX technology is put to good use in the new VDI-in-a-Box solution, providing users with a high-definition environment in which to do their work. The design of the units is streamlined and efficient, eliminating more than 60% of the infrastructure usually associated with VDI use.
The related product GoToManage by Citrix features alerts and dashboards that will enable remote managed services providers to provide remote monitoring and support, but GoToManage also provides performance metrics on the system so that resources can be managed proactively to keep workflow unimpeded by technical concerns. As part of this proactive approach, GoToManage alerts can be used to indicate the need for troubleshooting rather than only providing feedback when a serious issue has occurred.
VDI-in-a-Box servers can be accessed securely using a variety of computing solutions including PCs, Macs, and iPads.