SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Qumranet, a leading provider of virtual computing solutions, announced today the official launch of the company and its first commercial product, Solid ICE, the industry's only fully integrated desktop virtualization solution. After being in stealth mode for approximately two years, the company today unveiled the first in a suite of integrated virtualization products at DEMOfall 07, the premier launch venue for new products, technologies and companies.
Solid ICE enables enterprises to host desktops in KVM virtual machines on servers in the corporate data center, and allows users to connect to them via a remote protocol called SPICE. The benefits for IT include centralized provisioning, management, policy enforcement and compliance for desktops.
In addition, due to the KVM and SPICE combination, Solid ICE delivers a superior end-user experience, especially with respect to graphics and multimedia.
Unlike existing offerings on the market today that are retrofitted server virtualization products, Solid ICE has been designed from the ground up to host and manage thousands of virtual desktops. In Solid ICE, entire Windows and Linux desktop environments are hosted centrally and administered from a single control point. Leveraging the Open-Source KVM (Kernel-based Virtual
Machine) hypervisor for Solid ICE, Qumranet has developed a superior desktop virtualization solution that delivers greater organizational computing productivity and improves both data center operations and the end-user access experience.
"Virtualization is changing the way we interact with computing resources. We have only seen the tip of the iceberg in terms of applications for virtualization," said Benny Schnaider, Qumranet's CEO and co-founder.
"Qumranet's new desktop virtualization solution, Solid ICE, is taking computing to the next level by separating the user environment from the underlying hardware. This separation creates a wide variety of very attractive use cases and solves many of today's desktop provisioning and management problems."