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Riverbed expands support for virtual desktops

26 Feb 2013

Riverbed Technology is filling out its WAN optimisation line for VMware's virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) platform.

The company said the combination of its Stingray, Cascade and Granite platforms will allow companies to deploy hosted desktops at branch offices and other remote locations.

By hosting employee workstations at a central datacentre, companies can save on hardware costs and allow employees greater flexibility in choosing their hardware.

Additionally, hosted instances are far easier for administrators to manage, service and secure than a physical system in a branch office, the company claimed.

Riverbed said it is expanding on efforts to tie up with VMware, including validation for the VMware View 5.2 platform. Additionally, Riverbed is offering improved support for the PCoIP protocol.

Venugopal Pai, vice president of alliances for Riverbed, told V3 that building PCoIP support and traffic analysis into its WAN optimisation products was an important step in helping to optimise traffic to keep hosted desktops running properly.

"By granulating our understanding of the PCoIP protocol we can apply techniques to have the remote user on the WAN receive better experience," Pai explained,

"If customers choose to use PCoIP over the WAN they are able to get a better experience sitting inside the branch office."

The company is also looking to better integrate VMware into its storage offerings. By combining Riverbed's Granite platform with the VMware ESX, the company hopes to improve the storage and accessibility of VDI systems.

In doing so, Pai said that users in branch offices will be able to access their hosted desktops even in the event of temporary outages or planned downtime.

"The combination of the solutions allows them to make that a reality," he explained.

"Because we can have ESX running at that branch office, we can keep the customers running at that screen."

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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