Server-based computing specialist 2X Software is readying an update to its Virtual Desktop Server (VDS) that adds support for tablet and smartphone devices as endpoints, plus enhancements for scalability and security.
VDS V9 is set to be available in January 2011, but a beta is due for release next week, the firm said.
The software is a more cost-effective alternative to the major virtual desktop infrastructure platforms, and supports most hypervisors, including those from VMware, Microsoft and Citrix.
Among the new features is client support for Android-based devices and Apple's iPhone and iPad.
"Our research shows that people want to connect to their desktop from many devices, such as using an iPad from home over their own Wi-Fi network," said 2X business development manager Paul Robinson.
The client for each device has special support to allow users to control a remote virtual desktop using a touch screen.
"You can move the mouse pointer using your finger, and two fingers are used to send a right click or a left click," Robinson explained.
2X also plans to add client support for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 smartphones in the future.
Enhancements to the VDS V9 platform include support for desktop templates, which allows new virtual client instances to be deployed quickly from a master image on demand.
"VMware customers can't do this without upgrading to vSphere, but VDS lets you do that even on ESX and other hypervisors," said Robinson.
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