VDIworks Announces Open, Free Infrastructure for DaaS and Cloud-hosted VDI

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Built using free, open components DaaSStack will include VDIworks’ new DaaSManager for gateway, brokering, provisioning and management

VDIworks, a leading provider of management and enablement software for virtualization and cloud computing, announced today that it is making available an open, free infrastructure for Desktops as a Service (DaaS), Desktop Virtualization and Cloud-hosted VDI.

DaaSStack is built on free, open components and includes VDIworks’ just-released, DaaSManager, to provide a complete end-to-end solution that can power the next generation of end user computing.

“We’re essentially announcing two very important things today”, said Amir Husain, President and CEO of VDIworks. “First, we’re committing ourselves to building a powerful, free and open infrastructure for DaaS, based on proven components. We hope this will free customers from vendor lock-in, unbelievably high costs and the challenges associated with proprietary infrastructure. Second, as part of this initiative, we’re launching our new DaaSManager application, and making it available to users for free.”

The industry has recently started to move towards Desktops as a Service in order to address numerous shortcomings that plague today’s PC infrastructure. Solutions that this new architecture promises include lowered capital costs, reduced management overhead, increased availability and security due to centralization and full support for mobility by making a user’s information experience accessible from any device, and any network.

While DaaS holds tremendous promise, today’s solutions are proprietary and expensive, and limit customers’ choice in hosting providers and deployment models. Much of the management cost savings that might be realized often have to be spent on expensive licenses for DaaS enablement software. The DaaSStack initiative seeks to bring an open, free alternative to the market so that enterprises, IT departments, hardware providers, MSPs, hosting providers and others can benefit from the potential of DaaS without paying hefty monthly fees for software rental, and without being tied to only certain “approved” hosting companies.

DaaSStack will be based on the following components at launch:

1)    The free and open XenServer™ Hypervisor
2)    GNU/Linux Virtual Machines (Microsoft Windows is fully supported and is also an option)
3)    The open VNC remoting protocol
4)    DaaSManager – VDIworks’ free DaaS brokering, gateway, provisioning and management application

DaaSManager is a powerful web based management application that combines all the components necessary to deploy Cloud hosted VDI, or Desktops as a Service. In its first release, DaaSManager delivers the following features:

1)    Connection brokering with a Web-based interface
2)    Integrated access gateway that lets users on the public Internet connect to managed VMs without requiring a separate VPN solution.
3)    Integration with the free XenServer™ Hypervisor, including support for VM cloning from templates, VM power management and more.
4)    Support for the open, free VNC protocol and VNC clients for PC, Macintosh, Android, iPhone/iPad and BlackBerry Playbook.
5)    Support for HTML 5 access clients via full integration with VNC HTML5 app

Users can visit http://www.vdiworks.com to register for a free product download. For more information on DaaSStack and DaaSManager, please visit http://www.daasstack.org. During May 8-10th, DaaSManager will be demonstrated live at VDIworks’ booth #2633 at Interop®, being held at Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas. You can also learn more about VDIworks’ other products on our website, or send your inquiries to info(at)vdiworks(dot)com

About VDIworks:
VDIworks makes easy-to-use software that enables IT managers to centrally create, deploy and manage virtual desktop infrastructure. The company's technology is based on more than 20 patents and is built on five generations of proven success with enterprise environments. VDIworks offers ultimate flexibility and preserves customer choice by giving customers the ability to deploy the right solution for the right user type, utilize any back-end hardware, end-point user access device or virtualization technology for desktop virtualization. The VDIworks Virtual Desktop Platform streamlines and simplifies virtual desktop deployments, enabling IT organizations to gain improved management and control, ensuring data and asset security, delivering a superior end-user experience, and ensuring the business continuity and cost reductions promised by desktop virtualization to companies around the world. For more information on VDIworks, visit http://www.vdiworks.com.

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