Cisco Unveils Virtualization Experience Infrastructure

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Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) utilizes XenDesktop 5 and VMware View 4.5 desktop virtualization software.

Networking communications giant Cisco announced a wide-ranging desktop virtualization system and solutions comprising collaboration, borderless networking and data center technologies from the company and an ecosystem of virtualization vendors. Named the Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), the system design integrates Cisco's Collaboration, Data Center Virtualization and Borderless Networks architectures with desktop virtualization software and devices.

The company said VXI is available immediately from Cisco and select Cisco Data Center and Unified Communications Authorized Technology Provider partners.

Among the Cisco technologies validated within VXI are the company's Unified Communications applications optimized for virtualized environments and endpoints, including the Cisco Cius tablet, the Cisco Quad platform, Cisco ACE load balancing and application delivery, Cisco wide area application acceleration software, Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances and the company's AnyConnect VPN client, Unified Computing System, Nexus and Catalyst families of data center switches, as well as the company's MDS multilayer SAN switches and Integrated Services Routers.

VXI utilizes Citrix XenDesktop 5 and VMware View 4.5 desktop virtualization software offerings and also supports management and security applications, storage systems from EMC and NetApp, and many Microsoft applications. Cisco collaborated with Wyse around hardware and software technologies to help ensure applications attain high levels of responsiveness when using the Cisco VXI system and associated architecture. In keeping with Cisco's open ecosystem, devices from DevonIT and IGEL have also been validated within the VXI system.

"IT and business leaders recognize the significant benefits of desktop virtualization, but they also face the reality of having to integrate specialized IT investments in video and telephony applications with their new virtualized customer workspaces," said Manny Rivelo, senior vice president of systems and architectures at Cisco. "Rather than deploy a parallel IT infrastructure to support virtual desktops, Cisco VXI helps businesses take advantage of current investments by unifying data center, collaboration and networking architectures into one system."

Cisco also introduced two zero client devices designed to allow users to reap the benefits of desktop virtualization without sacrificing the rich-media collaboration experience inherent with high-powered PCs. Cisco further announced that the Cisco Cius business tablet will be enabled to participate in virtualized desktop environments at launch via the introduction of newly designed client applications from Citrix, VMware and Wyse.