Desktop Virtualization Attracts More Money
Back in mid-2009, The VAR Guy’s blog team openly wondered if 2010 would be the year of desktop virtualization. Perhaps that’s hyping VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) a bit. But the momentum continues: Unidesk, which develops virtual desktop management software, has raised $12 million in Series B venture capital funding. Here’s some analysis.
Unidesk claims to offer a “hypervisor-independent platform for desktop virtualization.” Tim Barrows, the manging partner behind Matrix Partners (one of the venture capitalists who backed Unidesk) thinks that Unidesk is the only company that’s going to make desktop virtualization, fast, easy and cheap, while being virtually invisible to the end-user. Hence, the large investment.
Loud But Silent
One the one hand, Unidesk wants to talk up its $12 million war chest. But what exactly does Unidesk have to show for all that cash? Apparently, a predisposition towards being elusive while talking themselves up big. Their site proclaims…
“Details about Unidesk’s virtual desktop management product family are currently restricted to Beta customers.”
Even so, some details are emerging. Unidesk claims their solution will offer all the capabilities needed to make a VMware, Citrix, Microsoft and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure totally usable for end users and easily manageable for IT staff. All of this comes at a reduction in storage space and cheaper cost than a traditional desktop setup. More bold claims.
Michael Skok, general partner, North Bridge Venture Partners says that “We believe Unidesk is a game-changing software company.” Lets hope so — $12 million is a lot of cash. Unidesk plans to put the investment money towards and eventual profitable long term business model.
In the meantime, Unidesk will be a new addition to my Google Alerts…. we’ll be watching to see if the company directs some of that money toward a channel partner program.