ClearCube's virtual desktop suite

ClearCube Technology has unveiled a virtual desktop hardware and software platform that manages multiple desktops from a PC blade infrastructure.

The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Solutions Suite is geared for knowledge workers in branch offices or remote health care facilities where geographically dispersed users can create significant management and support costs, according to Randy Printz, ClearCube's chief executive officer.

For power users ClearCube offers blade servers that incorporate PC over IP technology, which uses chipsets that compress the entire PC experience at the data center and transmit it over a TCP/IP network to thin-client devices where it is decompressed and made ready for use, Printz said.

The new VDI Solutions Suite, however, is geared to support end users that do not necessarily need the power and performance of PC over IP. The aim is to reduce the cost of centralized computing without sacrificing the security and management benefits of PC blades, he added.

ClearCube introduced a range of hardware and software products for the data center to the desktop.

For the data center, the VDI Solutions Suite includes a V7000 chassis that can hold up to 10 of ClearCube's new V7100S PC blades. A dual processor platform, the V7100S combines high-performance memory, network and storage systems with eight cores of processing capability.

At the desktop, the VDI Solutions Suite includes two new thin clients, the I8440 and I8442. The I8442 offers dual monitor support. Both models will support new multimedia and peripheral capabilities expected later this year. The thin clients can be managed by Sentral 6.0, ClearCube's management software.

The VDI Solutions Suite supports a variety of virtualization technologies including VMware ESX, VMware Server, Microsoft HyperV and Cirtrix XenServer. As a result, multiple users can simultaneously access a single blade, receiving their own desktop solution, operating system and applications through an isolated virtual machine environment.

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