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Citrix Extends Desktop Virtualization Portfolio with Acquisition of Kaviza

Citrix Systems announced it has closed its acquisition of Kaviza, makers of the market-leading all-in-one “VDI-in-a-Box” solution for small and medium business. The acquisition adds a unique VDI-only solution to the Citrix portfolio—allowing the company to further expand into the small and medium business market and accelerate its leadership in desktop virtualization across all market segments from small organizations to large enterprises. The Kaviza “VDI-in-a-Box” product complements the market-leading Citrix XenDesktop® product line for enterprise-class desktop virtualization.

SMB organizations are adopting desktop virtualization at an accelerating rate in order to reduce desktop management costs, improve security and increase business agility. In fact, Gartner research shows that hosted virtual desktops have become the number two driver of new server purchases in SMBs across both North America and EMEA, and number four in Asia Pacific(1).  However, many small to medium businesses who are constantly under pressure to do more with less have been hesitant to adopt VDI in the past given the relative cost and complexity of deploying enterprise-class products in an SMB environment. Unlike other VDI products targeted at SMBs, Kaviza VDI-in-a-Box is not just a scaled-down enterprise product with limited functionality, performance and manageability. Instead, Kaviza offers a highly innovative solution designed from the ground up to give SMB customers brilliantly simple, low-cost, “all-in-one” VDI solution purpose-built for their needs.

Kaviza VDI-in-a-Box

Kaviza VDI-in-a-Box gives SMB customers everything they need to “go virtual” with VDI in a single, easy-to-deploy software virtual appliance. This “all-in-one” solution simplifies VDI adoption for SMB customers with an innovative design that requires:

  • No separate connection brokers
  • No load balancers
  • No provisioning servers
  • No expensive shared network storage

Kaviza VDI-in-Box:

Installs quickly and is easy to manage – A single all-in-one virtual appliance enables the full production deployment of virtual desktops in two hours or less. Additional servers can be deployed and connected to the grid in minutes. A simple administrator interface makes moves, adds and changes simple.

Delivers a high-definition user experience with HDX™ – Citrix HDX technology delivers high performance and complete virtual desktop capabilities to any device, or any network, while minimizing bandwidth requirements.
Utilizes simple, cost-effective infrastructure to provide a high return on investment – The grid architecture delivers a highly available solution with fewer servers than traditional VDI solutions and no shared storage or management servers.
Provides flexibility and choice – The open architecture provides multi-hypervisor support for Citrix XenServer® and VMware ESX, with Microsoft Hyper-V support coming soon.

Supporting Quotes

“Kaviza understands the needs of small and medium businesses and has made great strides in giving these types of organizations a simple, low-cost solution for virtual desktops. The Kaviza team and the innovative technology they have built will add significant value to our desktop virtualization product line as more and more SMBs adopt virtual desktops, and it will help us drive continued growth and market leadership in desktop virtualization,” said Gordon Payne, senior vice president and general manager, Desktop Division at Citrix.

“The union of Kaviza and Citrix is a natural fit that will benefit our customers and channel partners. We founded Kaviza and created “VDI-in-a-Box” specifically for small and medium customers whose needs have been underserved by existing solutions. By joining Citrix, we will be able to leverage the benefits of increased investment, global presence and a large channel footprint. This represents a win for small and medium-sized businesses that want to adopt desktop virtualization across their organizations,” said Kumar K. Goswami, co-founder and CEO, Kaviza.

“For several years, clients have requested all-in-one server appliances to meet the desktop virtualization needs of their small offices and branch offices. In 2009, I called on the vendor community to meet this requirement and several responded. Here we are, two years later, and there is a bigger need due to the growth in desktop virtualization. Without question, low-cost desktop virtualization in-a-box solutions extend the operational, security and TCO benefits common in large-scale virtual desktop deployments to the small or branch office,” said Chris Wolf, research VP, Gartner.

“We partner with Citrix, Microsoft and Kaviza, and we are very excited by the new opportunities this creates both for customers and for our company.  VDI-in-a-box is game-changing with its simplicity and affordability, and now with the support of Citrix, it becomes a no-brainer,” said Brian Bradley, VP business development, Blue-Chip Consulting, LLC.

Customers can continue to purchase VDI-in-a-box from Kaviza resellers. Starting July 1, 2011 customers will also be able to buy from Citrix Solution Advisors.

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