Devon IT Launches O-VDI Program to Support University System of Ohio Virtualization Efforts Using VMware Software

Devon IT, an alternative desktop solution company and the fastest growing provider of thin client terminals, today announced its O-VDI program that offers deeply discounted pricing on Devon IT thin client desktop devices to participants in the University System of Ohio Virtualization Program.

The University System of Ohio Virtualization Program, announced in January 2009, is a three-year purchasing aggregation initiative with the potential of saving Ohio colleges and universities more than $130 million.  The agreement gives the Ohio Academic Resources Network [OARnet] – the University System of Ohio’s technology operations arm – the unlimited ability to license industry leader VMware’s full suite of state-of-the art virtualization software and technological support services.  Read the full University System of Ohio announcement at:http://uso.edu/newsUpdates/media/releases/2009/01/OBRMediaRel_09Jan09.php.

The O-VDI discounted pricing also applies to other state agencies and school districts.  By combining Devon IT’s thin clients with VMware software such as VMware ViewTM,  the University System of Ohio can be equipped with cost-effective desktop solutions that help enable the management, security, flexibility and deployment benefits of virtualized desktop environment.

“Our O-VDI program combine Devon IT’s thin clients with VMware software  to equip the University System of Ohio with cost-effective desktop solutions that enable the management, security, flexibility and deployment benefits of virtualized desktop environments,” said Joe Makoid, president, Devon IT. “Especially in these challenging economic times, IT administrators need to be certain that their solutions offer the highest levels of compatibility and flexibility.  We are pleased to make Devon IT’s thin clients available at the lowest possible price in order to enhance the benefits of the University System of Ohio Virtualization Program.”

“Offering discounted Devon IT thin clients with VMware ViewTM, the industry-leading desktop virtualization  solution, helps the Ohio University System not only meet the objectives of its virtualization program, but it also heightens its commitment to green IT,” said Jerry Chen, senior director of desktop virtualization, VMware. “The combination of Devon IT’ s thin clients and VMware View helps equip these schools with a flexible, cost-effective desktop solution that also uses less energy.”

All Devon IT’s products, including desktop, mobile and specialized thin client solutions that support any end-user requirement, are included in the O-VDI program.

The entire Devon IT product line is also VMware ReadyTM Certified. This designation indicates that Devon IT’s thin clients have met the testing criteria to be VMware Ready Certified for VMware ViewTM and are now listed on the VMware View Compatibility Guide. The VMware Thin Client Certification Program enables thin client vendors who are VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program members to provide mutual customers with a jointly supported virtual desktop solution.

Devon IT thin clients can be found within the online VMware Hardware Compatibility List at http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search. Products include:

TC2

The ultra-small and inexpensive TC2 is an ideal desktop replacement for businesses looking to downsize their infrastructure and reduce management and power costs. The small form factor unit consumes only eight watts and is completely silent. Despite its size, it is fully-functioned and allows users to connect to a variety of servers and virtual desktops.

TC5

The TC5 is a next-generation thin client from Devon IT for users who need high performance from a small footprint client. The TC5 gives users the capability to use multiple displays with one stateless unit. This ultra-advanced desktop appliance supports dual DVI video, internal wireless (Optional) and comes with either the DeTOS Operating System or Windows® XP Embedded.

SafeBook® LVO

The SafeBook® LVO is the next-generation mobile thin client notebook. Built on the Lenovo ThinkPad platform the SafeBook® LVO is available with Windows® XP embedded software and is compatible with Lenovo ThinkPad docking stations and accessories. The SafeBook® LVO is a mobile thin client laptop with no hard drive, so all sensitive data is protected against loss or theft. With its low purchase price, low operating and maintenance costs, and reinforced security functions, the SafeBook® LVO offers the latest thin client technology in a lightweight, mobile notebook.

For more information about Devon IT’s O-VDI program, or to arrange for a demonstration, email cbell@devonit.com, or call 610-757-4220 or 888-524-9382. Information on all Devon IT products is also available atwww.devonit.com.

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