Kaviza, the US startup that ambitiously sells an end-to-end VDI platform for a TCO of less than $500 / seat, yesterday announced the availability of VDI-in-a-box 3.0 beta.
This release, easy to guess considering the the Citrix investment announced last month, will fully support XenServer side-by-side with VMware ESX. But more importantly, the new release will feature the Citrix HDX remote protocol.
Several people questioned the Citrix decision to invest in Kaviza considering that both companies are competing in the VDI space.
This move seems to confirm the idea that Citrix invested in the startup to avoid that VMware could do the very same.
Considering how difficult is for VMware to penetrate the small business market, reaching smaller customers through an independent company would be a perfect move. And if Kaviza has a really good technology, for Citrix is much better to block the opportunity as soon as possible.