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New Virtual Desktop Solutions Enable High-Quality Voice and Video

Did you know that the hosted virtual desktop market is expected to reach 15 percent of the worldwide enterprise desktop and laptop market by 2014? That means over the next few years, more and more of your customers will be looking to deploy virtual desktops using a solution that is scalable, reliable, and secure. With new products from Cisco and Citrix, you can equip your customers with the best desktop virtualization experience.

Today Cisco has unveiled the next phase of its Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), enabling an uncompromised virtual desktop experience. Endpoints that are now available enable high-quality voice and video in virtual desktop environments.

Additionally, through a strategic alliance, Cisco and Citrix will improve virtual desktop end user experiences by offering solutions that ease the deployment of high-definition virtual desktops over a highly secure, “Citrix optimized” Cisco network.  Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) has been optimized for Citrix XenDesktop to  help your customers reduce the bandwidth necessary to deploy desktops virtually over wide area networks (WAN), enabling better scalability and optimal end-user collaboration experiences.

Here are additional details about what’s new:

• The Cisco VXC 6215, a new Linux-based endpoint, is a thin client that has unique voice and video-processing capabilities built in. In many cases, customers have attempted to route voice and video calls back and forth through the data center, which can consume large volumes of bandwidth, create horrible latency issues and lead to poor user experiences. Cisco, unlike other vendors, enables point-to-point connections to occur directly. End users can see and hear each other with exceptional clarity, prompting workers to collaborate face-to-face on a more frequent basis, which can help increase productivity.

• The Cisco VXC 4000 software appliance  helps repurpose a traditional PC into a media-capable, virtual desktop client. Consequently, in addition to being able to access corporate applications and data virtually, the VXC 4000 provides great access to real-time collaboration capabilities using local media processing on the PC. It works in conjunction with Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View on either Windows XP or Windows 7 desktops.

• Cisco WAAS, which is now Optimized for Citrix XenDesktop, delivers virtual desktop and applications up to 70 percent faster to remote devices. Cisco WAAS will enable your customers to optimize their WAN to increase performance of Citrix XenDesktop when accessed from remote devices, including PCs, Macs, laptops, thin clients, smartphones and tablets.

• With physical desktops, the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) knows what type of devices are accessing the network, what information those devices can obtain, and whether, for example, they are inside a company firewall or at a public area.  Cisco is now leveraging ISE to support virtualized environments.

•  The Cisco Allied Services Model for VXI offers customers a service contract where Cisco acts as a single point of contact for technical support across the entire VXI solution set, including Cisco and third-party partner products. The service provides access to Cisco cross-domain experts trained to troubleshoot and drive resolution with third-party products that are part of Cisco VDI and VXI Validated Designs.

Want to learn more? Be sure to visit the VXI page to find out how you can help your customers take advantage of these new virtual desktop solutions.

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