Release: Kaviza VDI-in-a-box 3.1

Kaviza announced the release of version 3.1. of their VDI-in-a-box connection broker Software. Version 3.1 is the follow up of version 3.0 which was released in July 2010.

Kaviza offers an all-in-one VDI solution that doesn’t require a shared storage and dedicated, load balanced connection brokers.
The customer just has to deploy the vendor’s virtual appliance on its hypervisor of choice and he’s ready to go.

Version 3.1. introduces the following enhancements:

• Support for Citrix Receiver as a remote desktop software client
• Smart Card Support including the Department of Defense (DoD) Common Access Card (CAC) cards
• Support for 64-bit virtual desktops

• Support for VMware ESXi 4.1
• Support for linked clones technology (with Citrix Xenserver as back-end hypervisor only)
• Support for the Wyse Xenith thin-clients
• Expanded policy settings for automatic desktop refresh
• Support for non-Windows based LDAP Directories.

Obviously the most interesting new feature here is the out-of-the-box support for Citrix Receiver, which is a brilliant move , because Citrix released the Citrix receiver for a wide range of devices, including Apple iPhones and iPads, giving Kaviza a universal client and an enormous installed base.

While Kaviza and Citrix make it look like they are competing in VDI space, the well-known reality is that Citrix invested an undisclosed sum in Kaviza back in April .
The result of that investment start to appear with this release.