Why VERDE VDI™?
VERDE VDI provides the most secure, easy-to-use, enterprise-grade virtual desktop infrastructure. At a price that is considerably less than our competition, VERDE VDI offers three additional capabilities that separate it from the competition: we treat Windows and Linux clients as equal citizens, eliminate WAN latency by decentralizing VDI processing to the edge of your organization, and we span one’s end user computing fabric from on-premise to cloud-hosted, or hybrid, seamlessly.
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VERDE VDI delivers enterprise-level features.
Desktop computing for business doesn't need to be complicated or expensive. VERDE VDI takes the sensibilities of enterprise-level virtualization and makes them available to small- and medium-sized business.
Windows and Linux
No WAN Latency
Our competitors continue to avoid reality and disregard the prevalence of Linux in mainstream corporations. VERDE VDI embraces Linux, providing a seamless environment for serving Linux desktops of all stripes and configurations, side-by-side with Windows.
But we go further than just serving up desktops. Lets say I have to do a compile job once a month, needing multiple cores to finish in a reasonable amount of time. I don’t have to have a beefy workstation sitting idly all month waiting for that job to call upon it. With VERDE VDI there can be an instance available to the engineer that can be called upon when needed.
Resources will be carved out of the existing pool to handle the job, and then returned to the pool when complete. Does that sound familiar? Sound like cloud? Well, yes.
VDI has a cloud-like architecture and allows organizations to reconfigure on the fly depending on the needs of the moment. In a Linux desktop user population – research, engineering, CAD, military, intelligence, etc., VDI is a huge advancement in flexibility, cost optimization and security.
VDI, as promoted by our competitors, has gotten a bad name from its inability to be successful outside of headquarters.
VERDE VDI has an innovative capability that uses caching and differential updates, among other techniques, to effectively “akamaize” VDI, cache it at the edge for easy, quick access, but without requiring any local management/administrator involvement.
The major benefits of this approach in addition to eliminating WAN latency, is business continuity – if the external network goes down, all the local apps will keep working without interruption. It also reduces network bandwidth as the applications are all communicating over the LAN and seldom need to go out over the WAN for normal desktop application usage.
Schools, campuses, branches, regional data centers, mission isolation, etc. all benefit from this architecture. VERDE VDI is a perfect solution for bringing the benefits of VDI to these user populations.
VERDE VDI, is an end-to-end virtual desktop infrastructure and management solution that combines VDI, offline VDI and VDI remote branch solutions to remove the management burden, complexity and cost traditionally associated with desktop virtualization solutions.
VERDE VDI offers unified management and reporting through a single console and is adaptable for today’s dynamic environment. Ideal for companies of all sizes, VERDE VDI can scale up to ten thousand clustered servers or scale down to a single-server configuration.
Through a combination of better hardware efficiencies, more attractive all-in-one pricing, the ability to optimize workloads between Windows and Linux, and incredibly easier management, VERDE VDI is by far the best ROI among the competition.
VERDE VDI has a long history as a preferred secure desktop platform with demanding users like the NSA, CIA CSEC and others. And for good reason. VERDE VDI is secure on a number of levels.
Being built organically from the ground up gives us a much more deterministic architecture as opposed to the cobbled-together monstrosities from our competitors, which not only make their solutions complicated and difficult to manage, but also introduces inherited code and architectures from smaller, acquired companies bought to plug the holes in their offerings.
VERDE VDI starts with a solid, secure Linux foundation. It then incorporates a dynamic provisioning model that makes users more impervious to malware by making unsanctioned changes non-persisting. We even go so far as to give admins the ability to set permission on USB devices by model and serial number.
If you identify only this make/model of drive authorized on this device, then any attempt to copy info to a non-authorized device will be blocked and logged. VDI in general offers tremendous security improvements over traditional desktops, but VERDE VDI takes this security to a whole new level with innovations we have developed over a long relationship with many demanding users.
AFFORDABLE ENTERPRISE-LEVEL FUNCTIONALITY
VERDE VDI is a purpose-built VDI solution for enterprise customers without the big price tag of other solutions.
Not only do you save on desktop management and end-user computing by virtualizing, we drop the cost of administration and user provisioning.
Multiple Easy-to-Deploy Modes
Get VERDE VDI set up and running in hours, not days or weeks.
Efficient workflow and image management simplifies desktop and user provisioning. Support multiple deployment modes including on-premise, cloud (IBM Bluemix) and hybrid.
Our unique Cloud Branch technology offers better remote office performance and reliability.
VERDE VDI connects to a wide range of endpoint devices including PCs, thin clients, software clients and any HTML5 enabled browser. Regardless of where you are, you're never far away from your desktop.
With VERDE VDI 8.2 you now have the option to use the RX300. Our own thin client device with support for both RDP and UXP 2.0 access protocols. Using the RX300 as your connection device means you have one company that supplies both an award-winning, server-hosted VDI software solution and an easy-to-manage access device.
In addition to the RX300, we continue to support:
- PC Clients
- Windows 7, 8, 10
- Mac OS X up to and including High Sierra 10.13.3
- Linux OS models running Red Hat, Fedora, CentOS, Ubuntu
- Chromebooks using any HTML5 web browser
- Thin Clients*
- Linux-based thin clients
- Windows-based thin clients
- RX300 running firmware 3.2.1 and above
* Check with us for specific models and versions.
- Mobile Connect HTML5
VERDE VDI is built from the ground up on a secure Linux foundation.
Prevention of malware, virus attacks, data leakage and unauthorized access to the internal network are all cornerstones of VERDE VDI security protocols.
Dynamic desktop provisioning protects users by making unsanctioned changes non-persistent. Automating desktop image management also helps keep deployed workspaces up-to-date.
VERDE VDI Cloud Fabric is Multi-Tenant
Flexible choice between centralized or decentralized processing
- Ability to scale globally within an enterprise with automatic replication to regional data centers.
- LAN performance and availability over wide-area-network (WAN)
- Remote Branch Office / Data Center / MSP organization can scale horizontally from one to thousands of servers
- Tenants can be assigned to a specific server or group of servers within a VERDE cluster (Org B & C)
- Enables dedicated resources per tenant
- Max Number of Users
- vRAM, #vCPUs, User Image Size
- Tenants can have on-premise infrastructure co-located with their applications and data
Lowest storage CapEX
- Integrated solution
- Leverages inexpensive NAS
- No need for expensive SSD or 3rd-party software solutions
- Reduces number of unique images by separating the User Layer from the shared OS image
- Shared OS images automatically cached on VERDE cluster and branch server-based Direct Attached Storage (DAS)
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Yes, an upgrade path has been defined, tested and documented from VERDE 7.x to VERDE 8.x. Upgrades from earlier versions than VERDE 7.x would be possible and assistance to perform this upgrade can be provided as a Professional Service.
In an effort to continue to innovate and bring out the best possible features and experience to our customers, we recommend that migration plans to VERDE 8.2 be put into place for earlier versions of VERDE and that these plans be implemented within six months of the release of any new version of VERDE-VDI.
You will still have full access to the product documentation and help center to access a variety of knowledge base information and can file tech support ticket up to 3 occurrences per year. However, keep in mind that there will be no upgrades or enhanced support which includes live chat and phone call support.
VERDE 8.2 is our latest VERDE-VDI offering and has been upgraded to use the latest Red Hat / CentOS QEMU-KVM modules for increased performance and hardware emulation capabilities. This means that we are now fully supporting both QCOW 2 and QCOW 3 image formats.
We have added support for NComputing’s RX300 and our UXP protocol including support for NComputing’s Chrome browser-based VCAST add-on for smoother streaming of YouTube and Windows Media streaming of videos to the end user device.
A new, more flexible licensing management service has been added to VERDE 8.2 that provides greater control of where license keys should be used and the ability to move license keys from multiple instances of VERDE within a registered user’s infrastructure.
VERDE can be downloaded as a trial version but requires a per concurrent seat license for any connections past the initial trial. Contact NComputing or your local reseller to obtain a download key to obtain a copy of the VERDE 8.2 software.
A VERDE 8.2 trial download can be obtained by filling out this form on the NComputing website. We will contact you with a download redemption key.
VERDE provides release notes, documentation for configuration sizing, installation planning, and detailed installation steps when downloading your trial license. A VERDE 8.2 administration guide is also available at the same time that describes how to create gold images, administer users and sessions. In addition to PDF documentation, an online, searchable version of these documents is available on our website.
Our extensive collection of Knowledge Base articles is another excellent source of information about VERDE and includes installation and performance tuning tips we have gleaned over the course of development and internal testing of VERDE 8.2. The KB articles are easily searchable from the support page of the NComputing website.
The VERDE 8.2 installation medium is either a set of RPM packages which you install on top of a previously installed Red Hat or CentOS 6.9 server OS or you can opt to install on a bare metal machine using the VERDEOS installation package that comes pre-installed on a copy of CentOS 6.9. VERDEOS has two flavors, the ISO package which can be burnt to a DVD and used as your server boot media or an IMG package that allows you to save the IMG file to a standard USB stick and then boot your server to using this device.
The RPM package provides a more flexible installation as you have more control of the OS packages installed beyond the minimum install of CentOS. The VERDEOS package has an easier menu guided installation process with the limitation that the OS image may not contain all of the latest patches or device drivers needed or available on your hardware.
Installation assistance is also available directly from VERDE through a professional services engagement.
VERDE provides a downloadable SW client application that allows any PC, Mac, or Linux desktop to connect and authenticate to a VERDE host system. We also support the VERDE client tools on our RX300 thin client as well as third-party Windows or Linux embedded thin clients. Clientless access to VERDE is supported via any HTML5 compliant browser.
VERDE supports Windows and Linux based desktop OS’s as equal citizens and these desktop VMs can be run simultaneously in any VERDE based host system. Currently, we support Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 as either 32-bit or 64-bit desktop implementations. Windows Server 2008, 2012r2 and Server 2016 are also supported when running in Desktop Experience Mode. For Linux desktops, we support Red Hat, Centos, Ubuntu, Mint and Linux Lite desktops as well.
VERDE 8.2 is currently hosted on Red Hat or Centos 6.9 servers.
In VERDE 8.2 our support and maintenance option has been rebranded as the NComputing’s Annual Maintenance Program (AMP). AMP for VERDE VDI provides access to our standard support offerings of online KB and unlimited ticket submissions, phone and chat access to VERDE support technicians, access to VERDE upgrades, a web-based end-point device management platform and all firmware upgrades for the RX300 thin client.
VERDE 8.2 requires AMP for VERDE VDI in the first year of service. Annual renewals of AMP for VERDE VDI are required to maintain the advantages of the premium support. Regardless of AMP it is possible to use our self-help and web-based ticketing system for less critical issues and information access.
The number of AMP seats to purchase is based on the number of peak concurrent users who will be accessing VERDE at any one time.
Yes. VERDE 8.2 comes with many new enhancements that are beneficial to customers. Please refer to the VERDE 8.2 release notes for a list of the most significant fixes.
Any new issues identified in earlier versions of VERDE would likely be slated for fixes based on VERDE 8.2 and this will mean that upgrading to VERDE 8.2 now will ensure that any future point releases will always be the best-supported version going forward.