IBM announced the Virtual Desktop for Smart Business, a new work-force mobility offering that provides anytime, anywhere access to personal desktops from mobile devices-including tablets, netbooks, laptops, and thin clients.
The IBM Virtual Desktop allows Windows or Linux desktops to be hosted and managed centrally, thus lowering the cost and complexity of managing PC environments through deployment of new applications and automatic software updates and reducing the need for help desk requests. 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.
The IBM Virtual Desktop has self-configuring, self-managing, and self-protecting features that enable easy installation and management, plus continuous backup and recovery. Whether visiting clients, checking inventory, or making patient rounds at a hospital, the solution provides instant access to information, helping employees solve problems and speed decision making.
The solution is offered as a pre-integrated, ready-to-run software package priced at $150 per user per year for a 1-year contract.