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Virtual Bridges Executives to Speak at IBM Pulse 2013

Virtual Bridges, Inc. announced that its executives will deliver two presentations at the 2013 IBM Pulse Conference, held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV on March 3-6. The first session will discuss the incredible opportunity for managed service providers to increase margins with desktop clouds, while the second session will highlight how one of the U.K.’s largest colleges has created a Classroom in the Cloud, using virtual desktops.

More than 8,000 IBM clients, prospects, business partners and employees are expected to attend Pulse, engaging in conversation about how to apply the transformative power of cloud computing to evolve beyond the data center into the world of smarter assets and enterprise mobility.

Information about the two sessions is below.

Discovering the win-win relationship between MSPs and Customers through Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS)
Tuesday, March 5, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Session MCS-1609
Presenter: Leo Reiter – Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Virtual Bridges

Abstract: Customers want to focus on their core business and not be distracted by technology. MSPs desire to expand their offerings in new and innovative ways. Desktop Clouds built on the IBM Virtual Desktop with VERDE offers a win-win relationship. Customers can reduce costs, increase mobility, tighten security and forget about technology; MSPs can offer differentiating virtual desktop services and increase margins. With the latest advancements in desktop virtualization it is possible to have a highly scalable, high performing yet centrally managed virtual desktop. IBM Virtual Desktop 6.7 displays Linux and Windows desktops on a breadth of devices providing access to applications anywhere and enables multi-tenant capabilities to manage both private and public Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS). MSPs can capitalize on the flexibility of IBM Virtual Desktop to provide end users with all of the benefits of well managed virtual desktops. This session includes a demonstration of the IBM Virtual Desktop and showcases its multi-tenant organization model and Role Based Access Control (RBAC) and compliance settings.

IBM Virtual Desktop Makes "Classroom in the Cloud" a Reality at Birmingham Metropolitan College
Wednesday, March 6, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Session BEM-1640
Presenters: Tom Francese, EVP of Virtual Bridges and Jamie E. Smith, Directory of Systems and Policy Development at Birmingham Metropolitan College

Abstract: Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet) is one of the largest colleges in the U.K., offering a range of academic and vocational courses to more than 35,000 learners each year. Embarking on a strategic relationship with IBM, BMet began building a "Classroom in the Cloud" leveraging IBM Virtual Desktop and IBM SmartCloud solutions. When the project is complete, up to 25,000 students and 1,350 staff will be able to use the solution to access learning through a variety of mediums, including the web and smart phones. Attend this session to learn how IBM Virtual Desktop can transform end-user computing by offering anytime/anywhere access to end-user workspaces at the office, at home, or at remote locations. Supporting your choice of devices, it can help reduce costs and meet compliance requirements for organizations in any industry.

IBM and Virtual Bridges continue to expand their collaboration in an effort to help businesses effectively manage and secure user desktops. Virtual Bridges VERDE serves as the cornerstone of IBM’s Virtual Desktop, which is used by large enterprises, as well as small and mid-size organizations around the world to lower the barriers of virtual desktop management. VERDE reduces cost, complexity and security risks, and allows employees to use their desktops remotely from any location, with any device.

About Virtual Bridges

Virtual Bridges VERDE is an award-winning desktop management and provisioning solution that leverages virtualization to deliver desktops either on-premises or in the cloud. VERDE helps enterprises transform TCO by simplifying desktop management, improving security and compliance, and increasing the organizational agility across Windows and Linux environments. Virtual Bridges is headquartered in Austin, Texas. For more information visit: http://vbridges.com.

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