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Cisco Announces Virtualization Experience Infrastructure

Cisco has announced a new line of software and hardware products designed to simplify desktop virtualisation.

According to the company, the Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) will simplify migration to a virtualised desktop environment and enhance virtual collaboration.

The tool is capable of removing complexities that prevent the deployment of virtual desktop environments.

The Cisco VXI also reduces the total cost of running virtual desktops by increasing the number of virtualised desktops capable of running on each server.

The tool is designed to integrate Cisco Collaboration, Cisco Data Center Virtualization, and Cisco Borderless Networks architectures with other industry leading virtualisation hardware and software offerings.

The company has also rolled-out two zero client devices designed to allow users to make use of all the benefits offered by desktop virtualisation without loosing out on rich media collaboration.

The Cisco Virtualization Experience Client 2100 comes integrated with the Cisco Unified IP Phone 8900 or 9900 series and USB ports for connecting keyboard, mouse and monitors for a virtual desktop environment. The Cisco VXC 2200 is designed to give users access to virtual desktops and business applications in a virtual desktop environment.

Manny Rivelo, senior vice president, systems and architectures, Cisco, said in a statement: “IT and business leaders recognise the significant benefits of desktop virtualisation, but they also face the reality of having to integrate specialised IT investments in video and telephony applications with their new virtualised customer workspaces.”