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With the formal release of Windows 8 just around the corner, the new version supports Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 8 beta, as well as XP and 7, pending general availability of the new OS.
We asked Krishna Subramanian, vice president of Marketing and Partner Engagement for VDI-in-a-Box, what the company saw as the most significant enhancements in the new release.
She pointed to the increased use of technology from XenDesktop.
"A company might be using VDI-in-a-Box in a department, while using XenDesktop overall at the organization," she said, adding that the new version better enables this kind of integration.
'Affordable But Robust'
Subramanian also said the Active Directory failover is helping to meet customers' desire for an "affordable but robust solution," in that an Active Directory in a branch office could fail over -- meaning switch over -- to the central site for backup when needed.
Laura DiDio, an analyst with Information Technology Intelligence Consulting, said that in the new version, Citrix has basically "completely redone the management interface to make it more intuitive."
She noted that VDI in general had "hit a speed bump," as other companies were getting in the game of "desktop as a service," hoping to make it easier and less expensive to manage than, say, XenDesktop.
VDI-in-a-Box, DiDio said, was Citrix' way of "getting around the speed bump," and the new version continues the move toward simplification while increasing the alignment with XenDesktop.
Posted: 2012-08-31 @ 5:34am PT
Good but not enough. We use Unidesk with Xendesktop because it can package ANY application, and users can install applications if permitted. It's also very easy to just layer everything.