Teradici: An Evolving Solution

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It doesn’t matter if you call it PC-over-IP, zero footprint PC, zero-client computing or just plain dumb terminal computing, the computing endpoint is undergoing a major change. Virtual desktop infrastructure from Wyse Technology, Pano Logic and Teradici may soon eliminate conventional PCs.

Teradici takes a different approach to the zero-client concept; the company calls its solution PC over IP, or PCoIP, and uses a combination of hardware and software to deliver a robust "remote display" solution. Teradici is the developer of the technology and uses partner organizations to deliver the hardware to the channel. Currently, EVGA offers both the host and client components to create a PCoIP desktop. Samsung offers a flat-panel display that has the Teradici zero-client integrated.

In function, the standard Teradici offering (under the EVGA Label) doesn’t fit under the VDI umbrella; in fact, the solution is more like what ClearCube offers with a blade-based hosted PC.

In short, PCoIP technology uses a chip set that compresses and encodes the entire PC experience at the data center and transmits it over a standard IP network to a stateless, driverless desktop "portal." Users can work with their PC or workstation as they did before—including all applications, graphics and multimedia functions—even if the computer is located in a data center miles away.

Solution providers may wonder why we have included Teradici—after all, it is not a VDI-enabled product. That said, in September 2008, VMware announced a strategic licensing and co-development agreement with Teradici to develop a replacement (or option) to the RDP display protocol currently used by VMware's VDI solution.

For VMware, RDP has been the limiting factor for embracing zero-client technology—RDP has always lagged behind Citrix’s ICA protocol in both performance and robustness. If VMware can solve that problem with Teradici’s help, then a natively supported VMware VDI zero client can be developed and Teradici will be at the forefront.

Ignoring the VDI angle, solution providers can still quickly set up zero-client systems using Teradici technology under the EVGA label. The only downside is that each zero client will require a dedicated piece of silicon in the data center. The Teradici solution is one-to-one for Teradici host-chip- to remote-client ratio, so if you want to remote 20 VDI instances from one server, you need to figure out how to cram 20 Teradici chips into that server. EVGA’s PCoIP products are expected to start shipping in quantity in the near future and final pricing hasn’t yet been published.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com