Over the years, I’ve been foolhardy enough to take on countless home projects. More often than not, these projects took longer than expected, often due to not having the right tool for the job. Sure, a framing hammer can drive a finishing nail (quickly), but you’ll likely spend a lot of time and energy trying to do it right and you might well be unhappy with the result. For me, the answer typically involves another trip to the hardware store for a shiny new tool (not all bad, but an unplanned expense). I have quite a collection of tools now.

The “right tool for the job” adage also applies to many business solutions — including desktop virtualization. Most desktop virtualization solutions were designed for Enterprises. For example, Citrix XenDesktop has enterprise-class scalability and high availability, FlexCast deployment options, support for enterprise infrastructure such as load-balancers and SAN, and the best user experience possible with Citrix HDX. XenDestop is a great product, and is the #1 selling Desktop Virtualization solution. But it wasn’t designed for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs), who typically lack the expertise (network admin, storage admin, etc.) and budget to deploy and maintain enterprise infrastructure. They need something simple to install, configure manage, and scale–without requiring additional infrastructure, and at a price that’s comparable to buying or replacing PCs.

The SMB market wants the benefits of VDI. In a recent Gartner survey of SMBs, over 60% of respondents said they expected to implement VDI solutions in the next 24 months. And they cited VDI as the #2 driver of new server purchases in North America and EMEA, and #4 in Asia-Pacific. But most of the VDI products available today don’t meet SMB’s needs; these are either enterprise products with many components, or more humble products with limited features or scalability.

Yesterday, at Citrix Summit 2011, Citrix announced the acquisition of Kaviza. Kaviza has been targeting the SMB VDI market since day one. They built a product called VDI-in-a-box that is right-sized for SMB, takes advantage of off-the-shelf servers and local storage, scales and delivers high availability via a grid architecture, and aligns with SMB IT staff expertise (Windows desktop and server admin). And it delivers a great user experience — partly due to its support of Citrix HDX.

Kaviza VDI-in-a-Box is the right desktop virtualization tool for SMB. Check it out at Synergy 2011, or at www.kaviza.com.

I’d like to welcome the Kaviza team to the Citrix family; it’s going to be fun! Judging by the smiling Kaviza team below, I’d say we’re off to a good start!