NxTop Connect helps customers cut desktop costs and improve controls by enabling a centrally-managed, universal set of endpoint hardware for all desktop and application use cases.
San Francisco, Calif. (Vocus) May 12, 2010
Virtual Computer, the market leader in distributed desktop virtualization, today announced NxTop Connect™, a flexible, secure, and fully managed endpoint solution for enterprise customers. With NxTop Connect, organizations can future-proof their desktop virtualization strategy by deploying a heterogeneous collection of endpoint PC devices all managed from a single console. Through a seamless interface, endpoint devices can securely and simultaneously run one or more locally executing operating systems such as: Windows XP or Windows 7; any number of server-hosted virtual desktops from VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) vendors such as Citrix, Microsoft and VMware; on-demand applications via XenApp; and cloud-based computing applications. Virtual Computer is demonstrating NxTop Connect at Citrix Synergy (Booth #534) at the Moscone Center (May 12 - May 14).
“Desktop virtualization isn't just a replacement for server-based computing. It's an opportunity to rethink the way all desktops are managed within the enterprise,” said Rachel Chalmers, research director, Infrastructure Computing for the Enterprise at the technology-industry analyst firm 451 Research.
“NxTop Connect helps customers cut desktop costs and improve controls by enabling a centrally-managed, universal set of endpoint hardware for all desktop and application use cases.”
Thinly Provisioned Clients
Historically, enterprise customers have been forced to choose between “thick clients” that glue the operating system to the hardware, and “thin clients,” which lack mobility, cost as much as a new PC, and can only connect to server-based infrastructure. NxTop Connect allows these same customers to take advantage of the spectrum of PC hardware from low-cost appliances to high-end workstations, all managed from the same console and capable of performing any required operation. The concept of a “thinly provisioned client” provides the ultimate in flexibility for enterprise customers and enables a powerful set of deployment scenarios, including:
- Distributed execution of centrally-managed virtual machines with near-native performance on any variety of laptop or desktop PC*.
- Remote connectivity to server-hosted desktop and application sessions using popular products such as Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, and VMware View -- all running in a fully isolated and secure environment.
- Fast-boot into a secure web-browsing environment to take advantage of cloud-based services or isolate high-risk web activity from sensitive corporate applications running on Windows.
All services provided by NxTop Connect run either individually or simultaneously, creating a secure, flexible computing platform. This can only be achieved using bare-metal hypervisor technology built around a centralized management system.
“When we started this company just a few short years ago, we saw that virtualization solved many of the problems plaguing desktop IT pros, including how to create a flexible infrastructure that can quickly adapt to new business requirements,” noted Dan McCall, CEO and president of Virtual Computer. “With NxTop Connect, we’ve taken the risk out of next-generation desktop initiatives by enabling the creation of low-cost, centrally managed computing infrastructure that can support any desktop delivery model.”
Beta applications are currently being accepted with general availability planned for July 2010.
*Requires Intel VT or AMD-V.
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