First, today's news: IBM's Virtual Desktop for Smart Business is positioned as a workforce mobility offering that provides anytime, anywhere access to personal desktops from mobile devices -- including tablets, netbooks, laptops and thin clients, according to IBM. The Virtual Desktop for Smart Business, which includes VERDE software from Virtual Bridges, can be deployed on a customer's own infrastructure or through a Business Partner "private cloud" hosted environment, IBM says.
Familiar Tune?Hmmm... Sounds unique. But IBM has played this card before. Rewind to 2008 and 2009...
- December 2008: IBM discloses a virtual desktop initiative with Canonical and Virtual Bridges, introducing a per-user price point of $49.
- May 2009: More than a dozen new VARs and integrators sign up to support Virtual Bridges’ software.
- July 2009: IBM, Virtual Bridges and Canonical introduce the latest version of their combined efforts.
Checking FactsStill, The VAR Guy has some lingering questions...
- How does the new Virtual Desktop for Smart Business differ from IBM Client for Smart Work? The VAR Guy will be sure to ask IBM during a scheduled briefing on January 25.
- Is IBM still working closely with Canonical on virtual desktops and Linux virtualization? The VAR Guy has reached out to Canonical for comment. (Documentation from Virtual Bridges does manage Ubuntu, Novell and Red Hat Linux support.)
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