Attractive Economics of Linux Desktops Drives 16 Resellers to Offer VERDE;
VERDE Now Allows Users to Access Virtual Desktop When Offline Too
Austin, TX - May 21, 2009-- Since the December 2008 announcement of IBM and Canonical teaming with Virtual Bridges to provide the company's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure technology as part of a Microsoft-alternative desktop offering, Virtual Bridges partner sign-ups have seen a dramatic surge.
Sixteen new partners have embraced the offering in the first quarter of 2009. These new resellers reach clients in Germany, France, England, Italy, South Africa, Japan, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States. This more than doubles the partner network for Virtual Bridges offerings.
"The global recession is driving companies of all sizes to seek the cost savings that a virtual Linux desktop can provide," said Jim Curtin, president and CEO of Virtual Bridges. "The surge in our reseller ecosystem indicates that PC management has moved to the top of IT priority list. The IBM-Virtual Bridges-Canonical desktop delivers a sea-change in desktop infrastructure cost versus Microsoft products."
VERDE is Virtual Bridge's flagship Virtual Desktop Infrastructure technology (VDI) solution that allows organizations of all sizes to transform the cost of desktop management and provisioning. The joint desktop combines VERDE with the world's leading desktop Linux OS, Ubuntu from Canonical, and IBM's collaboration and productivity software, Open Collaboration Client Solution (OCCS).
With VERDE 2.0, Virtual Bridges has added clients a major new feature -- the ability to use their virtual desktop software when they are offline. Users can be disconnected from the Internet and still be able to use applications locally. This expands VERDE from being VDI-only to being a true desktop management infrastructure offering. Virtual Bridges expects the retail, education, government, healthcare and transportation industries to find immediate value.
Midas Networks in Austin, Texas is now offering clients VERDE 2.0 as a hosted desktop offering. This "software as a service" offering looks like a traditional desktop but the hosted applications permit the users access their desktops on any network-connected device where ever they happen to be.
"We're seeing the move to a Linux desktop-even in a staged deployment-is highly compelling financial opportunity for companies," said Inna Kuznetsova, director of IBM Linux strategy. "Virtual Bridges' extended network of partners means that more companies around the globe can take advantage of the cost savings of virtualized PCs, centralized IT management, and open source software."
New partners reselling the virtual desktop offerings include the following:
6PAC - German-based 6PAC Consulting AG, brings people and technology together. This maxim directs their approach and services. Processes can then market and customer effectively organize, when the people, structures and supporting technologies are optimally matched. Their strength is in the competence of business solutions, system solutions and services, with the IT strategy of SMEs and large enterprises a holistic view.
ArchéTech - Rome-based ArchéTech Srl is a highly-skilled professional team of business and technical consultants operating as solution providers on the whole Enterprise resource scenario. The company offers solutions for Business Intelligence, Open Source applications, Desktop virtualization, Ubuntu desktop/server migration and customization, deploying latest-generation products aimed to cost reduction and avoidance. ArchéTech is the first Italian certified Ubuntu Solution Provider.
Cell Systems - Mexican-based Cell Systems provides network and Linux solution to provide maximum productivity in their client companies.
Cloverworks - Japan-based, Cloverworks is a technology company that provides innovative, eco-friendly secure and reliable solutions, based in open-systems, to companies of all sizes.
FedResults - U.S.-based FedResults provides innovative technology solutions that support mission-critical customer applications in government agencies and Fortune 1000 corporations.
Hermitage Solutions - Hermitage Solutions, a Hermitage Group company, is a provider of solutions for security and networking. The Group has offices in France, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
Inkululeko Technologies - Inkululeko is one of South Africa's leading open source ICT Solution Providers in the Education and Development Sectors.
KitASP - Japan-based KitASP distributes and resells of network solutions.
Lille Corp - U.S.-based, Lille Corp provides office systems technology for companies that place a premium on quality, efficiency, reliability and a positive return on investment.
Mainline Information Systems - The Mexican division of Mainline is a leader in developing solutions that address companies' major wireless network needs: high-speed access and bandwidth, security and information back-up. Mainline teams with leading network partners to deliver unified wired and wireless solutions. These solutions support real-time business applications and create a secure, mobile, interactive workplace for organizations deploying WLANs (wireless local area networks).
MobileIT - UK-based solutions provider specializing in Mobile applications through their MITS system developed specifically for schools.
NorthLan Solutions - U.S.-based, NorthLan Solutions looks for the intersection of enterprise class technologies, value and market acceptance, and strives to make these results available to medium and small business networks. NorthLan Solutions delivers both open source and proprietary solutions, with community and commercially supported options.
ThinTeknix - Canadian-based, ThinTeknix is a system integration company with a mission to implement green computing solutions in small businesses and enterprise. Armed with innovative technologies like thin clients / server based computing, virtualization, Ultra low power computers and cloud computing, Thinteknix aims to introduce about environmental friendly computing solutions.
TND-Solutions - Indonesian-based TND Solutions provides networking and computing solutions.
Topalis - German-based Topalis Group is an alliance of companies for providing qualified IT consulting services in numerous segments. They have a strict focus on effective advice and services in clearly defined areas.
Other major partners will be announced over the next couple of weeks.
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Virtual Bridges, Inc. develops small and medium-business and enterprise virtualization solutions for business and education. Virtual Bridges' products are multi-platform and are aimed at businesses that want to use virtualization solutions to create sustainable business advantage.
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