VDIworks releases new VDI remote desktop connection protocol. Yawn or Yay?

This week, VDIworks launched a new connection protocol called VideoOverIP.

This week, VDIworks launched a new connection protocol called VideoOverIP (VOIP? Taken. How about V/IP?) that purports to "drastically improve the user experience delivered in a hosted virtual desktop model." And while this isn't the first time that sort of thing has been advertised, rarely does an announcement from a relatively unknown company come with such promise. VDIworks was formerly the software arm of ClearCube until it was spun off earlier this year to bring ClearCube functionality to the VDI world.

ClearCube provides an excellent turnkey solution that uses proprietary blade PC's or servers, connection protocols and client devices to centralize desktops and deliver the user experience remotely. VDIworks has the goal of bringing ClearCube-like desktop delivery technology to mass-market hardware, rather than to proprietary equipment. This was timed so that VDIworks entered the VDI space in its infancy, while still bringing many years of desktop delivery experience. At its inception, VDIworks (who still has close ties to ClearCube) made available its VDI management software.

Since then, VDIworks has expanded its offering to include integration with System Center and an offline VDI solution called VDIworks2Go. VDIworks2Go is not the Type-1 hypervisor that's been all the rage lately. Instead it is checking out the server side VM to a local Type-2 hypervisor, which in this case is VMware Player. Of course, this means that the backend must be VMware ESX (Hyper-V and Xen are also supported on the backend), but there are plans to create an offline solution for Hyper-V and Xen as well.

That bring us to this week and the announcement of VideoOverIP. When I first heard about it, I thought "Great, ANOTHER protocol that only does a few things well..." Brian beat me to it and emailed VDIworks to ask why they would build yet another protocol when there are already so many out there.  Here's the response from VDIworks CEO Amir Husain:

Unfortunately, if you survey the remoting protocol landscape you find that there are no options that are completely free of ties to particular brands of thinclients, hypervisors or server backends. There are some relatively more open protocols available, but they inevitably turn out to be low performance. So if, as a customer, you want to preserve your choice of hardware and hypervisor, while still expecting a decent user experience, you're flat out of luck. That's the issue we saw repeatedly and it became a customer refrain. That's why we developed VideoOverIP.

We don't believe one protocol will dominate all others anytime soon. We believe in heterogenous environments, flexibility, co-existence, and integration. If you've recently peered inside a typical corporate datacenter, you'll probably agree that openness and vendor agnosticism is the name of the game. In fact, that's preciely why our end-to-end physical and virtual managment solution, VDP, supports over a half dozen different protocols, including HP RGS, PC-over-IP, Clearcube TDA, Microsoft RDP, Wyse TCX and others.

So the short answer reads more like "All the other protocols are either not available to us or not good enough for us."

I L-O-V-E that answer, and here's why:

  1. First, it's confident. I mean come on - there's so many protocols out there, even ClearCube's own TDA, and they didn't think any were good enough.
  2. Second, it shows dedication. Plenty of other companies have made enhancements to existing protocols to provide a better or more realistic VDI experience, and they've done a decent job with that, but creating a new protocol in such a crowded house shows real tenacity.
  3. Last, it signifies a real, forward-looking movement towards change. Rather than trying to extend something that already exists, VDIworks decided to do some real innovation while supporting all the existing protocols.

All that said, I still haven't played with it, and the industry has yet to put it through the ringer to see if it really holds up in a real-world environment with remote and LAN users. The bandwidth and preformance figures are unknown at this point, but enough buzz has been generated that it shouldn't be long before real data appears.  VideoOverIP can be downloaded from VDIworks' website today, and my goal is to set up a comparison similar to the one we did at Qumranet's office last year. Stay tuned for the results of that and the final verdict on whether or not this is the real deal.

As for VDIworks in general, it's interesting to see a company who's sole purpose in life is providing a VDI solution, as opposed to an existing company evolving into the space using existing technology. The pieces look to be coming together, and they might have a pretty robust suite of products on the table in a very short period of time.

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YAWN. This company is just thrashing to survive, but a good move to bring attention to their mgmt solutions. I just can't see this as anything but a tier 2 protocol play. The big guys will win this always with $$$. Hopefully though they can do something for mgmt. and I pray there is no hardware crap from clearcube to deal with.


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Not even worth the R&D.  Too many other compettitors with real visibility inti the technology and proven progress /customer acceptance.


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Agreed, this market is starting to get a little over-saturated.  


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When the internet and search business started in the mid 1990's , does anyone know how many search engine startups there were? it might have looked saturated then too , thought all we might remember is Yahoo and Google. I think this company seems to have a product that might break it into the big leagues, especially with cloud computing becoming so popular and the spread of thin/light clients in the enterprise and the spread of 3G, and broadband. I'd keep a watch on this firm... the time is right for such technologies...and yes you should have bought Yahoo stock when it came out!


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I've already downloaded the trial.  So far, our experience has already blown the pants off the competition.  It's also got an extra bonus of us not having to buy any extra hardware either.


Moti- I couldn't agree more, our team is going to try out the other downloads from this company too (and I'm still regretting not buying Yahoo when it first IPO'd)


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