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Citrix Buys RingCube
RingCube is supposed to eliminate the tradeoff between user personalization and centralized IT management
By: Maureen O'Gara
Aug. 16, 2011 09:15 AM
Citrix has bought RingCube Technologies and its user personalization technology for virtual desktops. Price was not disclosed but the six-year-old company has raised about $26 million.
RingCube is supposed to eliminate the tradeoff between user personalization and centralized IT management by making it easier for IT to give each user a personalized virtual desktop.
It's kinda a halfway house between the "dedicated VDI" model and the "pooled VDI" model. Dedicated VDI is expensive. It requires a lot of storage for IT to house a unique, fully assembled desktop for each user in its datacenter. Pooled VDI is cheaper but is limited to a single image of Windows and each app. Not everybody can fit into that particular shoe.
RingCube creates a "personal vDisk" for each employee that contains only the apps, data and settings unique to that user. The images users have in common - including Windows and any common corporate apps - are stored just once in the datacenter. Citrix says each user gets his own unique personal desktop each time he logs in, while IT gets all the cost advantages of centrally managing the single instances.
Using RingCube technology with Citrix' XenDesktop should reduce storage costs versus standard dedicated VDI desktops.
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