Kaviza 4.0 is released, new exciting features


Release Notes for Kaviza VDI in-a-box™ 4.0
Release 4.0 comes packed with features to further simplify management and increase the visibility and the ability to monitor system operations and it provides some key controls end users have been asking for.

Below is a list of the specific features available with release 4.0.
- Self-guided wizard with checklists to simplify image import and lifecycle management
- An event and task tracker to provide greater visibility into system operations
- System messages in 'syslog' format sent to a syslog server for use by external monitoring and management tools such as Splunk and Kace to setup monitoring and alert functions
- A user interface (UI) for automated software patching and license upgrade of Kaviza servers. Install the patches and licenses via a UI on one server and it is automatically propagated to all the others
- UI to set the static IP address of Kaviza Manager Virtual Machines
- Ability to specify the maximum utilization of a server beyond which additional desktops will not be provisioned
- Additional image management features
- Option to provide a computer prefix for virtual desktops generated from an image
- Option to control the copying of profiles on Windows 7 images
- Ability to specify “Other USB” devices to support a wider array of USB devices (e.g. webcams)
- UI to set or reset the generic user option required to support non-Microsoft Active Directory user databases

Features for the end users
- Self-serve restart of problem desktops
- Customize their screen resolution from the Kaviza login screen
- Sessions requested using HTTP are automatically routed to HTTPS for HDX users
- KavizaClient delivered with Kaviza-signed certificate


The Next Generation of Virtualized Backup and Recovery is Here Today!

Now there's a better way to backup your VMware & Citrix environments with PHD Virtual Backup 5.1

Earlier today, we announced general availability of PHD Virtual Backup 5.1 for
VMware vSphere (ESXi & ESX) and Citrix XenServer which deliver simple, scalable and high-performance virtualization data protection. Click here to read the press release. 

PHD Virtual Backup 5.1 is built on the next generation of PHD’s award winning VBA™ (Virtual Backup Appliance) Architecture enabling backup and recovery to be deployed as a virtualized service directly on VMware and XenServer platforms. This evolutionary approach enables PHD Virtual Backup to provide fully integrated backup and recovery with single pane of glass management that seamlessly scales for large and distributed deployments. Unlike alternative solutions, PHD Virtual Backup removes the need to deploy a separate backup server, additional hardware or software agents to provide data protection for your virtual environment.

PHD Virtual Backup 5.1 delivers unique value including:

  • A completely virtualized solution with no additional hardware required
  • Faster backup to meet your backup windows
  • Quick restore of full vm, virtual disks or individual files to meet your RPO and RTO
  • Optimizations for efficient backup over LAN and WAN environments
  • Dramatically lower backup storage requirements and overall solution costs

A first look at Kaviza VDI-in-a-box 3.0 (they're doing it right!)


Brianmadden.com just posted a review on Kaviza VDI-in-a-box, you can read the article here:

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Kaviza eliminates VDI cost barrier


VDI Market: Huge, But Stalled Due to Costs

Kaviza eliminates VDI cost and complexity

$65B+ Market. Desktop Virtualization is estimated by Gartner to reach $65.7B by 2013, representing over 40% of the overall PC market. It is easy to see why the analysts are optimistic about this space – VDI addresses the management issues with PCs, and there are over 1.1B PCs worldwide.

But VDI adoption has stalled, cost cited as key reason. Despite high customer interest, the VDI market has not yet hit its stride. Customer surveys and analyst studies from various sources point to cost as a major barrier to adoption. “Price is still a significant barrier to [VDI] adoption,"says Chris Wolf, analyst at Burton Group in Computerworld, November 2009.

“Most VDI proof of concepts are failing – the high cost of hardware and software infrastructure to run VDI is often given as a reason. From the IT perspective, customers must invest in new data center server clusters, storage, and software to provide the equivalent of the total desktop computer power they want to serve. In fact, customers must replace cheap desktop computing and storage with expensive data center computing cycles. This is a major upfront capital expenditure that is difficult to justify in a tough economy.” – Randy Eckel, March 2010.

Kaviza's grid architecture eliminates the VDI cost barrier. Kaviza eliminates the cost and complexity of VDI with its patent-pending grid architecture. All the functionality needed to provision and manage virtual desktops is contained in the Kaviza VDI-in-a-boxTM virtual appliance that can be run on a grid of inexpensive commodity servers, and scaled as needs grow. Kaviza delivers immediate ROI on deployments of as little as 25 desktops and up. Since desktops are often bought in phases, Kaviza delivers ROI at every phase while fitting within customers' existing budgets.

XenDesktop - try eG Free of charge for 60 days


eG Innovations Enables Citrix XenDesktop Customers to Turn on End-to-End Monitoring in 3 Clicks, at Zero Cost

Under the "End-to-End VDI Monitoring-on-Tap" program, XenDesktop customers can try eG's VDI Monitor service free for up to 60 days 

ISELIN, N.J.; Oct. 6, 2010 - eG Innovations, Inc., a global supplier of business service monitoring software for virtual and physical IT infrastructures, today announced that customers of the Citrix XenDesktop® desktop virtualization solution may use eG's VDI MonitorTM monitoring service free for up to 60 days. The new "End-to-End VDI Monitoring-on-Tap" program is designed to introduce XenDesktop enterprise and service provider users to eG's comprehensive VDI monitoring and performance tracking service without cost or obligation. eG is featuring the program at its booth (#505) at Citrix Synergy Berlin, opening today.

"Virtual desktop technology is becoming mainstream and is being used to support mission-critical services in such markets as finance, healthcare, government, legal and education," said Srinivas Ramanathan, founder, president and CEO of eG Innovations. "To be effective replacements for physical desktops, VDI technology must deliver a comparable or superior experience to users. One of the key ways of ensuring this is by monitoring the virtual desktop infrastructure end-to-end, which is what the eG VDI Monitor does."

The End-to-End VDI Monitoring-on-Tap service is free for Citrix XenDesktop customers to use for any 60-day period. Once the setup is completed, customers log in to a web-based monitoring and reporting console hosted in the cloud by eG. During this period, Citrix customers will have free access to metrics, reports and alerts, and will also get up to four hours of free performance consulting services. For a nominal fee, customers can also sign up for an end of trial performance audit report baselining their infrastructure.

After this free service period, customers can choose to continue using the VDI monitoring service by paying a monthly fee or purchase the Citrix Ready certified VDI monitoring software from eG Innovations or one of its channel partners. There is no obligation to continue to use the service after the free trial.

"The End-to-End VDI Monitoring-on-Tap service is a great program that mixes industry-proven monitoring services with a really innovative Cloud delivery model that we feel customers will value," said Garry Olah, vice president of business development and strategic alliances at Citrix Systems, Inc. "The combination of XenDesktop and eG Innovations' unique business service monitoring platform - along with the 60-day trial offer - represents a valuable combination for any company deploying XenDesktop."

eG VDI Monitor Offers Powerful Capabilities
The eG VDI Monitor offers advanced monitoring, diagnosis and reporting that value-adds to the built-in administration and management capabilities built into Citrix XenDesktop 5®. These capabilities include:

A single pane of glass for a complete end-to-end service view : The eG VDI Monitor tracks every layer of every tier of the infrastructure including the virtualization platform, network devices, storage devices, web frontend, database server, profile servers, and Active Directory.
Automatic baselines of KPIs to enable administrators plan VDI rollouts efficiently: Time of day baselines for every tier indicate what the norms for each tier are, and any deviations from the norm are highlighted as proactive alerts to administrators.
•Correlation of performance across silos and layers to pinpoint the root-cause of problems automatically: Accurate diagnosis of problems helps administrators ensure peak service quality and low downtime.
•Deep "inside view" of each virtual desktop: Without requiring agents in each desktop, this unique capability provides details of top applications using resources inside the desktop.
•Track and correlate configuration changes with performance changes: Often a configuration change can result in performance degradation. To handle such situations, the eG VDI Monitor correlates performance changes with configuration changes, so administrators can easily detect and fix such situations.
•Report on users and sessions, not just VMs: Since the workload on a VM depends on who is logged in to it, for monitoring VDI effectively, it is important to monitor and report on users and sessions, not just VMs. The eG VDI Monitor includes includes enterprise-class reporting capabilities. Specialized reports are available for executives and operations staff comparing the performance of every VDI tier, top N reports highlighting peak usage areas, etc.

"Customers will see substantial value from this VDI monitoring service," Ramanathan said. "First, they will have unparalleled visibility into the performance of their XenDesktop infrastructure and can eliminate blind spots. Correlation across tiers will provide administrators with clear pointers to where the root-cause of problems lie. Thus, administrators will be able to rapidly troubleshoot any problems in the infrastructure and take early action to avoid potential problems. They also will be able to generate management reports on the usage and quality of the VDI service. Plus, they will access to usage patterns and trends that will be invaluable for planning future XenDesktop rollouts." According to Ramanathan, turning on the service will be hassle-free. Customers will just need to set up software agents on their critical servers, essentially a two minute task, and then log-in to the hosted monitoring console to start accessing metrics and reports.

For more information on the End-to-End VDI Monitoring service, visit http://www.eginnovations.com/web/egvdimonitorontap.htm

About eG Innovations
eG Innovations, Inc. (www.eginnovations.com) is a global provider of performance monitoring and triage solutions for both virtual and physical IT infrastructures. The company's patented technologies provide proactive monitoring of every layer of every tier in the infrastructure, thereby enabling rapid diagnosis and recovery in enterprise and service provider networks. By ensuring high availability and optimum performance of mission-critical business services, eG Innovations' solutions help enhance customers' competitive positioning, lower operational costs and optimize the performance of their infrastructures.

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