Earlier this month at Citrix Synergy, I had a chance to talk to Srini Gurrapu, Virtual Bridges' VP of Product Management about their latest release--VERDE 4. In February (or was it March? These months just mesh together after a while.) I wrote a review of VERDE 3, right before Virtual Bridges' CTO Leo Reiter joined us for Geek Week. We learned then of the upcoming enhancements to VERDE 4, but our meeting with Srini at Synergy was our first experience with it. In the coming weeks, I hope to get my hands on the product (it's available today, it's more of a timing thing on my part) to put it through a similar process as the review from Feb/March.
VERDE 4 has two major additions: The ability to broker RDP and a web interface. If you watched Geek Week or read the review, you'll know that users have been able to connect to their virtual machines using RDP for a while now. The problem is that they they had to know their virtual machine's IP address or hostname because they had to connect to it directly. With VERDE 4, their VERDE Cluster server is now able to broker RDP connections (including RDP 7), which means users can use one interface to connect to their desktop from whichever protocol they need (RDP, VERDE Protocol, or NoMachine NX).
The web interface is also a big deal, because it GUI-enables many of the tasks that were command line only in previous versions. Within the web interface, you can now create, configure, publish, and deploy virtual machines, as well as monitor them and your users. Likewise, users now have a web frontend to their environment, through which they can access their desktops via any of the protocols mentioned above.
I was able to shoot a video with Srini, so you can see the product in action below. Also, stay tuned for the upcoming eval review.