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RingCube Delivers Workspace Virtualization Engine

Desktop virtualization solution simplifies the creation, access and management of Windows desktops

RingCube Technologies, the leading provider of workspace virtualization, today announced vDesk version 2.0, a high-performance enterprise desktop virtualization solution that simplifies the creation, access and management of Windows desktops.

With the release of vDesk 2.0, RingCube advances its virtualization architecture through its new Workspace Virtualization Engine (WVE) expanding the manageability, security, and supportability of its enterprise-class virtual desktop solution. With version 2.0, vDesk also extends its advantage in the areas of application support and ease of management as compared to application virtualization offerings while continuing to maintain a significant cost and performance advantage over client hypervisor-based solutions.

“Interest in desktop virtualization in all forms is increasing as organizations look for ways to simplify the management and security of end-user computing. However, existing approaches require compromises such as sacrificing mobility, limiting the ability for users to customize their workspace, or increasing complexity and resources by requiring two operating systems,” said Neil MacDonald, VP and Gartner Fellow. “Workspace Virtualization is an emerging technology category which decouples the user’s workspace – applications, data and personalized settings – from the underlying operating system, simplifying the creation, provisioning and management of end-user computing environments which are mobile and can be customized by the end-user without requiring a second operating system.”

“Desktop virtualization has increased the speed at which we can provision new systems, administer on-going backups, and recover employee PC environments due to hardware failures," said Jeff Brewer, AVP delivery systems, Fiserv. "With the new technology advances available in vDesk 2.0, we improve not only our backend operations but also provide greater flexibility for end users while reducing the overall cost of desktop management within our business."

RingCube vDesk 2.0 delivers the industry’s first Workspace Virtualization Engine (WVE) which provides a lightweight and complete virtual desktop that can join an enterprise domain, has an isolated network stack and supports applications such as endpoint security, databases, and PC management software that require drivers and security services. Below is a listing of key components of the Workspace Virtualization Engine (WVE):

  • Virtual Networking, called vDeskNet, allows the virtual workspace to separate and isolate network traffic from the host PC including VPN clients running within the virtual workspace.
  • Virtual User Management allows the virtual workspace to have a unique set of user accounts separate from the host PC. Also, vDesk users within the virtual workspace can add/join an Active Directory domain independent of the user authentication and authorization rights of the host PC.
  • Virtual Security Store provides a separate protected storage area within the virtual workspace where items like certificates are kept isolated from the host PC.
  • Virtual Windows Services allows greater process and application isolation from the host PC. Virtualized services within the virtual workspace include LSA (local security authority), Microsoft TCP/IP networking, and NTFS volumes. These virtualized services help to increase the number of kernel-mode applications that can be supported within the virtual workspace.
  • Generic Driver Support provides a virtualized framework for the installation of drivers within the virtual workspace which includes a virtualized Plug-n-Play service. The generic driver framework increases application support particularly when new drivers are required.

Deeper security and isolation control – vDesk 2.0 delivers full workspace encryption through its integration of 3rd party encryption software which protects the information stored within the virtual workspace. Also, vDeskNet provides a virtual networking stack so all network traffic within the virtual workspace can be isolated from the host, protecting confidential information from spyware on the host PC. VPN clients and end-point security software can also be installed inside the virtual workspace for additional security protection of the virtual workspace.

Improved management and supportability – vDesk 2.0 improves the manageability of the virtual workspace by allowing users within the vDesk virtual workspace to add or join an Active Directory domain. Further, vDesk 2.0 has the ability to consume and apply Group Policy Objects (GPO) within the virtual workspace itself independent of the host PC. Enterprise customers can leverage existing management tools with vDesk by running them outside or inside the virtual workspace. By co-existing with traditional PC life cycle management tools and processes, vDesk provides a seamless transition path from traditional desktop management to virtual workspace management.

Enhanced usability and platform support – vDesk 2.0 client has a more streamlined interface making it easier for vDesk users to get access to their virtual workspace with less interaction required. Also, vDesk support of Windows Vista has gone from technology preview in the previous release to general availability.

“With vDesk, IT administrators are able to lower desktop management costs and increase control without incurring significant upfront capital costs,” said Pete Foley, CEO, RingCube Technologies. “Today, vDesk is the only desktop virtualization solution that meets the enterprise cost, management, mobility, performance and security requirements to deploy desktop virtualization throughout the entire enterprise.”

Pricing and Availability

vDesk 2.0 is available immediately through RingCube. Pricing starts at $200 per user.

See RingCube at Citrix Synergy

vDesk 2.0 will be showcased at Citrix Synergy May 5-6 in Las Vegas. The demonstration will be held at booth #430 on the Solutions Expo Hall.

About RingCube Technologies, Inc.

RingCube is the leading provider of workspace virtualization. The company’s innovative virtualization solution, vDesk, enables users to securely access their complete desktop computing experience from any Windows PC anywhere in the world. With vDesk, organizations can increase user productivity, lower desktop management and support costs, and eliminate the performance and resource overhead commonly found with legacy virtualization approaches. The company is privately held and based in Mountain View, CA. For more information, please visit: www.ringcube.com


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