Cisco has unveiled the next step of its Virtualization Experience Infrastructure series aimed at creating unmatched desktop virtualization experiences. The company has announced this phase features high-quality voice and video in virtual desktop environments using endpoints, a possibly revolutionizing development in virtualization.
Cisco also formally announced a strategic alliance agreement with Citrix, which will allow the two companies to help customers reduce bandwidth necessary to deploy desktops virtually over wide area networks. As a part of the agreement, Cisco will optimize its wide area application services for Citrix’s XenDesktop. This combination will deliver virtual desktop applications up to 70 times faster, and support double the amount of users.
“With the innovations we are announcing today, Cisco is accelerating our customers’ journey to desktop virtualization and the next-generation virtual workspace,” said Manny Rivelo, senior vice president of engineering operations and systems at Cisco. “We’re giving customers an easy way to scale highly secure solutions, optimize bandwidth and enable more users to enjoy great video and voice-centric virtual experiences.”
Finally, Cisco announced that it is leveraging its identity services engine to be supported in virtual environments. The ISE operation knows what type of devices are accessing the network, what information those devices can obtain, and where they are accessing it from.