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I noted this yesterday and I must confess that initially I had a brief look at Desktone's web site and after looking everywhere for some technical detail it would appear that the most you are going to get at this stage is the very nice graphic and not much else?

I must confess that I'm quite curious about the "dynamic best fit protocol" and what that might entail? At the moment everyone is trying to jump on the xDI bandwagon and try to carve out a slice for themselves and yet they all still appear to be based on RDP, and this is where it would appear that Citrix definitely has the edge in the manner that their ICA protocol with it's virtual channels and the Policy Engine built around the embers of MSAM and Access Gateway helps control granular access?

Diagram of the Desktone Virtualization Platform

Citrix invests in xDI vendor Desktone

Last week, Desktone, Inc. announced that it had received $17 million in funding from a variety of sources. One of those sources was Citrix, so we decided to find out what the fuss is about.

Written by:Gabe Knuth

Publication Date: August 07, 2007
Last week, a little-known VDI vendor called Desktone landed $17 million in funding for their software designed to compete in the growing xDI space. Part of that funding came from Citrix, whose DDI (Dynamic Desktop Initiative) campaign is in direct competition (or not...depends who you ask) with VMware's VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure).

Desktone vDesktop's niche in the xDI market is that it provides a turnkey solution to enterprises trying to bring in a new desktop deliver mechanism. From the press release: "It uniquely integrates all virtualization layers – including storage, applications, client devices, servers, processing and network technologies – and enables them to be controlled by a single management console."

Since I don't know much about Desktone, I emailed their CTO, Clint Battersby, and asked him for a brief, but technical, explanation. Clint has been involved with zero administration desktops since the early 90's, even before the Microsoft Zero Administration Kit. Here's what he had to say:

"Desktone reduces a broad range of complex technology choices into simple configuration checkboxes to finally deliver low cost desktop computing to the enterprise. Desktone is also working with key service providers to provide the most cost effective solutions available in the market.

The challenge is to leverage existing hardware / software combined with Desktone’s unique innovation to provide the best desktop experience at the lowest possible cost."

That doesn't really answer all the questions, but I gather that Desktone regards the current desktop provisioning methods as being too complicated, and their product will change all that.

Visit Desktone's website for more information on Desktone and vDesktop. We'll also be paying attention to Desktone, so stay tuned.

Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2007 9:48 AM Citrix , IT Management , VMware and other Virtualization tools | Back to top

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