Palo Alto, California – (The Hosting News) – February 13, 2009 – Virtualization solutions firm, VMware, Inc., virtualization solutions from the desktop to the data center, has revealed that it is the first open source client for virtual desktop infrastructure, VMware View Open Client.
VMware View enables IT organizations to safely host user desktops in the datacenter, while letting users access their personalized desktop environments from almost any device, at any time – all at a lower cost of ownership than traditional desktop environments. Now, VMware is providing VMware View Open Client for partners, enabling them to use VMware View source code to optimize their products to deliver rich, personalized virtual desktops to users. In addition, partners will be able to use the source code to help accelerate the development and delivery of solutions for enterprises to provision and manage thousands of virtual desktops simply, securely and at substantially lower operating costs.
This announcement is another important step in VMware’s vClient Initiative to deliver universal clients – desktops that follow users to any end point while providing a rich personalized experienced that is secure, cost-effective and easy for IT to manage.
Jocelyn Goldfein, Vice President and general manager of VMware’s Desktop Business Unit remarked, ”’VMware feels strongly about industry collaboration to move the market forward to develop the best solutions. Now we are sharing our source code in VMware View Open Client so vendors can easily optimize devices to create the best virtual desktop solutions. As a result, IT is able to reduce the total cost of providing desktop environments by allowing low-end or less-expensive devices that provide the same feature set as higher-end devices. This also brings us closer to our Universal Client vision, where users can securely and efficiently access rich personalized desktop environments, from any device at any time.”
According to Gartner:
- Gartner projects that approximately 50 million user licenses for hosted virtual desktops will be purchased by 2013.1
- The thin-client terminal will account for about 40% of user devices for hosted virtual desktop deployment. 2
VMware View Open Client is available under the GNU Lesser General Public License version 2.1 (LGPL v 2.1) and is accessible from