Greetings from the beautiful city of Barcelona! We are happy to announce that Project Bermuda, a tech preview of VDI-in-a-Box, is coming soon. Project Bermuda continues to deliver simplicity and empower SMBs and enterprise departments to roll out affordable and powerful VDI desktops. The tech preview will come with optimizations for Microsoft Lync, support for all the latest hypervisors, and Citrix Storefront support.

Optimizations for Microsoft Lync:

Microsoft Lync is a unified communications platform for instant messaging, presence, audio and video conferencing, and phone calls. In Project Bermuda, we are building into VDI-in-a-Box the Citrix HDX optimization pack for Microsoft Lync. When delivering a unified communications client from VDI-in-a-Box virtual desktop to a large number of users, the optimization pack shifts the media processing burden from the server to the user device whenever possible, and it redirects voice and video traffic peer-to-peer (directly from one user to another, or from each user to the Lync conferencng server). These optimizations allow Microsoft Lync to work seamlessly and scale well in a VDI environment.

Microsoft Lync combines the telephony features of a traditional IP PBX with IM and conferencing. With the optimization pack, SMB customers will be able to take advantage of Microsoft Lync for all their telephony needs in their VDI-in-a-Box environments. We think customers will be able to improve and streamline their communication systems at lower costs.

Latest hypervisors:

All the three latest hypervisors released in recent months will be supported: Microsoft Windows 2012 Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer 6.1, and VMware vSphere/ESX 5.1. Project Bermuda provides an excellent opportunity for our customers and partners to try and stay current with the latest hypervisor technologies and plan for their next VDI-in-a-Box deployment.

Citrix Storefront:

Project Bermuda will support Citrix Storefront for unified access to any Citrix CloudGateway delivered service. Users will be able to access their VDI-in-a-Box virtual desktops side-by-side with their applications and data, all in one place.

There are much more in Project Bermuda! We encourage current VDI-in-a-Box customers and partners to register today so that we can notify you when the tech preview becomes available.