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Devon IT Announces New VDI Blaster 7.2.2 Release

Devon IT, Inc., a leading thin client solutions company, today announced that its VDI Blaster™ version 7.2.2, the industry's leading PC repurposing tool, now supports a range of features that were formerly only available on expensive standalone thin client devices.

VDI Blaster is the most popular software tool that enables a PC to act as a thin client. VDI Blaster converts PCs into secure and centrally manageable virtual desktop, which enables companies and organizations of all sizes to realize the benefits of thin client computing, and extends their capital investment of PCs.

Devon IT President Joe Makoid stated, "With the experience we have gained from thousands of VDI Blaster customers we have been able to add features that are only currently available in high end thin client devices. Now any laptop, PC or even aging thin terminal can be upgraded to a new and manageable thin client device. The VDI Blaster’s new functionality and GUI interfaces makes the process of repurposing PCs easy and less time consuming. Our industry is moving to a device agnostic model and the new VDI Blaster facilitates this easily and cost effectively."

The latest version of VDI Blaster includes internal wireless support and when using Devon IT’s Echo management platform, persistence of settings and configurations. Additional enhancements include an updated graphical user interface (GUI) and First Boot Wizard, and new access clients.

VDI Blaster offers many benefits for IT initiatives. Once a PC reaches the end of its useful life, VDI Blaster provides a simple plug-and-play solution to transform the PC into a thin client, which is still able to run Windows OS and applications. It also allows the PCs to return to their previous state if necessary. VDI Blaster minimizes the risk of switching to a fully virtualized IT architecture. VDI Blaster makes centrally-managed desktops possible, which reduces risk and allows for synchronized system updates. Devon IT’s VDI Blaster will connect thin clients to Microsoft Terminal Services, shared services, and virtual desktops from Citrix XenAppView, Microsoft RDP, RemoteFX through rResktop, VMware Horizon View, Virtual Bridges, and vWorkspace.

VDI Blaster:

  • Extends the useful life of aging PCs
  • Uses virtual desktops, simply and cost effectively with no hardware replacement necessary
  • Maintains Windows desktop experience
  • Centrally manages converted PCs
  • Allows plug and play replacement of PC to a thin client when ready

Users download VDI Blaster to old PCs via a USB key or a MSI (Windows Installer) install. VDI Blaster deploys Devon IT's thin client operating system, Devon Terminal Operating System (DeTOS™), and Devon IT’s thin client management software, Echo™ to help IT administrators manage enterprise-wide deployments from one central location. Once VDI Blaster is deployed, users repurpose into a dual-boot Windows and VDI Blaster PC, run VDI Blaster with a live-boot CD or USB flash drive, or remove Windows and fully install VDI Blaster to the hard disk.

"Traditional desktops typically need to be refreshed or replaced every three or four years, but IT departments can now extend the life of their company’s PCs by converting them into thin clients,” explained Makoid. “Users can simultaneously test thin client computing methods, and we hope VDI Blaster will continue the momentum of IT administrators moving from desktop PCs to virtual client environments."

To contact Devon IT for all things related to thin client computing and virtual desktops, email [email protected] or call (610) 757-4220 or toll-free at (888) 524-9382. For more information about Devon IT DeTOS, and Echo please visit www.devonit.com/software. Follow Devon IT on Twitter @DevonIT.

About Devon IT

Devon IT, Inc., (www.devonit.com) is a leading information technology company that offers thin client software, hardware, and virtual desktop solutions. Devon IT's products offer users in various industries and environments greater IT security, enhanced manageability, improved reliability, and lower costs. Devon IT is also the creator of patent pending VDI Blaster™ (www.vdiblaster.com), a software suite that transforms PCs with hard drives into virtual desktops and the innovators of the SafeBook® thin client notebook. The company is headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania with offices in London, Shanghai and Bangalore. Read Devon IT's technical blog, "Thin Tank," at http://www.devonit.com/blog.

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