Qumranet’s Solid ICE Anchors Effective Hosted Desktop Virtualization


Sunnyvale, Calif. (PRWEB) July 31, 2008

Qumranet, a leading provider of virtual computing solutions and the commercial sponsor of KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine), today announced a report published by analyst firm Ovum.

The report, “Qumranet’s Solid ICE Anchors Effective Hosted Desktop Virtualization,” provides an overview of desktop virtualization as well as opportunities and challenges for Qumranet in this space. It can be viewed here, www.qumranet.com/files/reviews/Ovum_Qumranet_SolidICE.pdf.

By centrally hosting desktops in KVM virtual machines on servers in the corporate data center, Solid ICE (Independent Computing Environment) gives IT administrators greater control over desktop image management, provisioning management, policy enforcement and security. Solid ICE also offers IT managers easier access to remote desktops to provide maintenance and support, as well as instant, inherent disaster recovery. In addition, businesses deploying a green IT strategy can achieve a savings of up to two thirds on electric power with Solid ICE.

“Desktop virtualization – following in the footsteps of (and leveraging) the quickly-expanding server virtualization market – is gaining a higher visibility among enterprise customers thanks to its potential management and cost benefits. Qumranet’s Solid ICE is well positioned to corral these benefits into a one-stop-shop solution and demonstrate how hosted virtualized desktops can improve customers’ IT management practices,” said John Madden, Research Director, Ovum in the report.

“Ovum’s report paints a picture of what is possible with desktop virtualization and how Qumranet is well-positioned to take advantage of it,” said Benny Schnaider, CEO, Qumranet. “Launched a month ago, Solid ICE goes beyond Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and other retrofitted server virtualization solutions to provide a complete desktop experience for end users running a thin client or repurposed PC.”

About Ovum

Ovum is a global advisory and consulting firm. Its primary activity is providing value-added advisory services and consulting to retained and project clients. The company acts as a well-respected and trusted source of industry data, knowledge and expertise on the commercial impact of technology, regulatory and market changes. Ovum engages in continuous research and industry analysis to determine market dynamics in its specialist sectors.

Ovum has developed long-standing relationships with many of its corporate clients, which include major international blue-chip companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, BT, Cisco Systems, Deutsche Telekom, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Telstra and Vodafone.

Ovum is part of the Datamonitor Group.

About Solid ICE

Solid ICE is a high-performance and scalable desktop virtualization product. With Solid ICE, the user’s desktop runs in a KVM virtual machine on a server in the data center, and the user connects to it using a thin client (or a re-purposed PC) via SPICE, Qumranet’s remote rendering technology. SPICE is optimized for virtual desktop environments and provides users with a user-experience, indistinguishable from that of a physical PC. Solid ICE supports multiple monitors, bi-directional audio/video for video conference calling and VoIP, high-quality video streaming and USB support. Solid ICE has been purposefully built for desktops, and compared to other retrofitted server virtualization solutions in the market, offers a user experience indistinguishable from that of a physical PC, a 3 to 4 times improvement in cost-performance, and greatly simplified management.

About Qumranet

Qumranet is a leading virtualization technology company. Its hosted desktop virtualization product, Solid ICE, is used by several Global 2000 enterprises around the world to significantly improve the manageability, security and policy enforcement for their desktop environments.

Qumranet is also the maintainer of the open source virtualization project KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) and along with an industry consortium, comprising companies like IBM, Intel, AMD, Red-Hat, Novell and many others, is committed to advancing KVM to be the industry’s standard virtualization platform.

Qumranet, Solid ICE, Independent Computing, ICE, and SPICE are trademarks of Qumranet. All other trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners.