Cisco announced a new system of technologies today designed to help enterprises introduce desktop virtualization to their organizations. Mark Boslet’s story for News@Cisco provides a good primer on the phenomenon if you need it, but in a nutshell, virtual desktops shift computing applications and business information off PCs and into a data center. Users than access those applications and information through a secure Internet connection (via a private or public Cloud), in much the same way as we browse the Internet today.
Desktop virtualization isn’t a new phenomenon (if you’ve been in the workforce for a couple of decades, you might remember the green screen and mainframe varietal!) but it’s becoming more and more compelling as good broadband connectivity becomes pervasive and customers tap server virtualization technologies and wide area network acceleration to make applications perform better over WANs.
Despite those innovations, there has to date been a lack of complete systems for desktop virtualization spanning from the data center to the desktop, and that’s the principle problem that Cisco’s Virtualization Experience Infrastructure addresses.
The second challenge VXI addresses with new Cisco Virtual Experience Client devices is the typically disappointing performance of video and rich media applications on virtual desktops. Now, by physically integrating the VXC 2100 virtual desktop device with existing Cisco’s 8900 and 9900 IP video phones, customers can replace PCs with a ‘zero client’ device without requiring users to sacrifice any quality in their video conferencing, collaboration or video applications.
You can read more about today’s Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure announcement here.