Austin-based Virtual Bridges announced a $4M Series A financing from Austin Ventures. The company is in the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) market, and claims faster payback than Citrix or VMWare. Coverage by The Statesman, and the full release can be found here.
“Austin Ventures is excited to be partnering with Virtual Bridges in the desktop cloud and VDI market,” said Chris Pacitti, General Partner with Austin Ventures. “We see tremendous potential for disruption and value creation in the burgeoning desktop Cloud and VDI market space. Virtual Bridges has demonstrated innovative leadership in delivering not only best-of-breed VDI but also in combining VDI with managed desktops and disconnected use. This super-category of Desktop Management Infrastructure, or DMI, as well as their ability to offer easy-to-use solutions in both the public and private cloud segments, has made us a committed backer of their vision.”
The worldwide personal computing market is expected to undergo a massive refresh over the next 12-18 months as users prepare to deploy either Windows 7 or emerging Cloud-based desktop offerings. Organizations are expected to leverage game-changing advances in desktop management methods by leveraging virtualization. Virtual Bridges’ VERDE is a robust yet elegant software solution aimed at helping organizations dramatically lower their Desktop Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), improve their security and compliance and increase their organizational agility by leveraging best-of-breed virtualization technologies and years of desktop management and enterprise infrastructure experience.
The VERDE Suite is unique in offering the ability to run both Windows and Linux desktop “guest” sessions giving organizations not only the power to significantly reduce operating costs in Windows-only environments, but also offer users the choice of lower cost “Cloud” computing alternatives based on the partnership with IBM. VERDE combines with the IBM Client for Smart Work and Canonical’s Ubuntu desktop and server offerings to offer solutions unencumbered by Microsoft’s VDI tax known as VECD. Whether using Windows or Linux, VERDE delivers the lowest cost desktop computing environment from both a CapEx and OpEx perspective, and as a result, provides the fastest time-to-payback when compared to VMware or Citrix.