IBM is developing a Virtualised Hosted Client Infrastructure, in partnership with VMware and Citrix.
The launch marks an extension of VMware virtualisation capabilities on IBM xSeries and BladeCenter servers, and is part of IBM's commitment to deliver virtualisation across its entire systems line of products.
The pre-integrated hosted client product is based on VMware virtual infrastructure software and uses Citrix client access technologies to host multiple fully functional desktop users on IBM BladeCenter.
The virtualised product would use computing resources more efficiently and allow quicker deployment of new users, bringing cost savings of “up to 60%” and return on investment within six months, the hardware giant claimed.
Doug Balog, vice-president and business line executive for IBM BladeCenter, said: “IBM's Virtualised Hosted Client Infrastructure with VMware virtual infrastructure software can provide high utilisation, performance and reliability, allowing customers to reduce cost and complexity, while providing the level of desktop functionality and quality of support that end users have come to expect.”
The new infrastructure will be available in the first quarter of 2006, with IBM Global Services now signing up customers for pilot implementations.