tuCloud and Kaviza Sign Up Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for Remote Managed Hosted Desktop Virtualization

tuCloud and Kaviza today announced that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a National Nuclear Security Administration laboratory, has chosen the tuCloud DesktopsOnDemand™ service running Kaviza virtual desktops.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a National Nuclear Security Administration laboratory, wanted to provide employees with a safe mechanism to access social networking and other web-based resources that posed a potential risk to its internal networks. The Lab chose the concept of a “Safeweb” — remotely hosted virtual desktops that employees could safely connect to from their desktops to access web resources to collaborate, communicate and utilize social media outside the lab. The virtual desktop solution had to be easy to use, quick to set up, and very affordable, while offering employees a rich and consistent user experience.

“Following a thorough evaluation, we chose the tuCloud DesktopsOnDemand service running Kaviza virtual desktops because it best met our particular needs and requirements. We found that this solution is able to integrate with our diverse range of client platforms, and provides a high-quality remote desktop experience across the WAN in a cost-effective manner. The popularity of this solution has also served to strengthen LLNL’s cyber security posture,” said Robin Goldstone, Safeweb Project Manager.

“We are very excited to be able to offer Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory what we (and they) believe to be the most cost-effective hosted virtual desktop solution available on the market today,” said Guise Bule, CEO at tuCloud. “We recently conducted a detailed survey of the 1500+ LLNL desktop users we currently have on our Desktops on Demand™ service powered by Kaviza and 48% of them said that the desktop experience was very good, a further 46% told us that the desktop performance was acceptable for all of their needs.”

“Leading organizations like Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are looking for the convenience of a managed desktop solution that is complete yet affordable and can be scaled on-demand,” said Kumar K. Goswami, CEO Kaviza. “By aligning with MSPs such as tuCloud who share our vision, we are furthering Kaviza’s mission of making virtual desktops a viable and cost-effective alternative to PCs for organizations of all sizes and industries.”

tuCloud’s Desktops on Demand™ service is a fully-managed and fully-hosted virtual desktop platform aimed at organizations with between 50 and 2000+ desktop users. tuCloud’s Desktops on Demand™ offering represents the most cost-effective hosted virtual desktop solution on the market and they currently offer the lowest cost hosted virtual desktop in the world ($29.99 per ConCurrentUser (CCU) per Month).

The Powered by Kaviza™ program is tailored for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to leverage the ease-of-use, on-demand scaling and affordability of Kaviza’s Shared-Nothing VDI platform in a flexible pay-as-you-go business model that fits MSP business models. Kaviza VDI-in-a-box™ is an award-winning next-generation virtual desktop solution based on patent-pending Shared Nothing grid architecture that completely redefines the way virtual desktops are delivered and managed, cutting down on the cost and complexity of virtual desktop infrastructure. Unlike traditional desktop virtualization solutions, Kaviza provides high-availability and on-demand scaling without requiring expensive shared storage. This simplifies deployments and reduces costs without compromising on fundamentals. Kaviza delivers optimized rich high-definition user experience with Citrix HDX™.

About tuCloud

tuCloud is a global provider of hosted virtual desktops, desktop virtualization consultancy, technologies and solutions; we were the first company in the world to provide fully hosted virtual desktops as a service, famously beating IBM to the finish line. Our recent Desktops on Demand launch represents a refinement of our hosted virtual desktop strategy. tuCloud has global reach and a local touch. Headquartered in London, the tuCloud group operates companies in the USA and the United Kingdom with offices in Scandinavia, the Middle East, Canada and Spain.

About Kaviza

Kaviza is the pioneer of simple, affordable end-to-end desktop virtualization for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Its shared-nothing VDI-in-a-box™ solution leverages a patent-pending grid architecture that lowers costs, eliminates the need for expensive infrastructures, and delivers rich high-definition user experience with Citrix HDX that can be accessed anytime, anywhere — including thin-clients and mobile devices such as the iPad. Kaviza VDI-in-a-box has been recognized as “Best of VMworld 2010” in Desktop Virtualization, “Best of Synergy 2010” for Business Efficiency, “Cool Vendor in Client Computing 2010” by Gartner, “Product to Watch 2010” by eWeek, and won the “Innovation Award 2010” by Network Products Guide. Kaviza was founded in 2009 by virtualization and VDI veterans from HP and IBM to create the next generation VDI that is as simple and affordable as a PC. Kaviza is headquartered in Cupertino, California. For more information, contact: kaviza.com.