Virtual Bridges is providing organizations with an easy way to deploy and manage virtual workloads with Bridgepoint, a new cloud orchestration system for public, private and hybrid clouds. Bridgepoint allows organizations to quickly build a desktop virtualization infrastructure in any cloud environment, leveraging their existing investments in server virtualization infrastructure for both OpenStack and VMware (VMW).

Michael Cusanelli, Associate Editor

May 13, 2014

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Virtual Bridges Launches Self-Deploying Virtual Appliance

Virtual Bridges is providing organizations with an easy way to deploy and manage virtual workloads with Bridgepoint, a new cloud orchestration system for public, private and hybrid clouds. Bridgepoint allows organizations to quickly build a desktop virtualization infrastructure in any cloud environment, leveraging their existing investments in server virtualization infrastructure for both OpenStack and VMware (VMW).

According to the company, the platform-agnostic solution eliminates vendor lock-in and gives IT organizations more choice and flexibility in their deployment of virtual workloads. Users can migrate their desktop workloads between OpenStack and VMware as needed, with support for additional cloud environments coming soon.

“Today if you want to leverage the cloud to spin up virtual desktops, your options are limited, expensive, complex and confining,” said Jon Senger, chief strategy officer at Virtual Bridges, in a prepared statement. “Bridgepoint changes everything, letting organizations turn existing clouds into powerful desktop virtualization solutions. As the industry’s only cloud-agnostic solution, Bridgepoint works across platforms and requires no expensive hardware or reference architectures, meaning organizations can now get much more out of their existing cloud investments.”

Bridgepoint is deployed as a single downloadable virtual appliance and can be operational within 15 minutes, according to Virtual Bridges. The new solution features a management interface that allows enterprise architects and operations teams to configure cloud desktop orchestration inline with their enterprise-specific cloud and virtual workload needs, as well as a cloud orchestration engine. Bridgepoint’s chargeback and reporting functionality enables admins to track and display desktop activity and more for chargeback and showback scenarios as well.

The platform also features smart brokering, which serves as the central communications hub for cloud tenants to interpret differences in protocols and access methods for efficiently routing traffic. Users can monitor and track cloud APIs, computer nodes, networks and more for all end-user devices, and manage and optimize storage consumption and allocation across cloud resources to reduce the total cost of ownership, according to the company. And last but certainly not least, Bridgepoint supports both Windows and Linux virtual desktops.

If you’re interested in checking out Bridgepoint for yourself, the company is offering a 30-day free trial for up to 25 licenses on its website. The full platform is also available now.

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Michael  Cusanelli

Associate Editor, Penton Technology Group, Channel

Michael Cusanelli is the associate editor for Penton Technology’s channel properties, including The VAR Guy, MSPmentor and Talkin' Cloud. He has written articles and produced video for Newsday.com and is a graduate of Stony Brook University's School of Journalism in New York. In his spare time Michael likes to play video games, watch sci-fi movies and participate in all things nerdy. He can be reached at [email protected]

 

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