Advantages of the Kaviza approach are said to be that it eliminates the need for separate connection brokers, load balancers, provisioning servers and expensive shared network storage. With it, virtual desktops can be put into production within two hours, and additional servers can be added in minutes.
VDI-in-a-Box already supports Citrix XenServer and VMware ESX hypervisors, and Microsoft Hyper-V will be added to the list in the near future.
Citrix was already an investor in Kaviza, and had licensed its HDX (high-definition user experience) technology to the company.
"We founded Kaviza and created VDI-in-a-Box specifically for small and medium customers whose needs have been underserved by existing solutions. By joining Citrix, we will be able to leverage the benefits of increased investment, global presence and a large channel footprint." said Kumar Goswami, co-founder and CEO of Kaviza.
The news of the acquisition was the first thing mentioned by Citrix president and CEO Mark Templeton in his keynote address at the company's Synergy 2011 conference. The product means "complexity is optional" as it collapses the VDI stack into a single unit, he said.
VDI-in-a-Box will continue to be sold by Kaviza resellers, and from July 1 it will also be available from Citrix Solution Advisors. Templeton said Citrix branding will be applied to the product later this year.
Disclosure: the writer travelled to San Francisco as the guest of Citrix.