IBM today announced the Virtual Desktop for Smart Business, a new
workforce mobility offering that access to personal desktops from
mobile devices -- including tablets, netbooks, laptops and thin
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 rapid deployment of new
applications, 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 one year contract. IBM
Virtual Desktop will be delivered through IBM Business Partners who
will provide local consulting, networking and software infrastructure
skills to ensure smooth installation.
IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart Business is available today in North
America, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands,
Luxembourg and Poland. IBM plans to make the offering available in
China, India, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand at the end of Q1.