Amazon Kindle Fire - A New Dawn For The Virtual Desktop?
Thu, 09/29/2011 - 10:39 — Steve Pailthorpe
A media frenzy began last night as Amazon launched a vehement attack on the tablet market with the launch of its new Amazon Kindle Fire. Users could be forgiven for getting genuinely excited by the launch due to the significant costs savings with product price set at just $199 (£127), making the Kindle Fire the cheapest on the market.
The Amazon Kindle Fire, according to many technology writers, could be set to storm a large percentage of the market share. But for such a cheap price, what should Kindle Fire users expect? When Apple released the iPad it gave people what they wanted all along - access to multimedia content on the go with no desktop to be attached and no portable computer to carry around. The Kindle Fire promises a cut down version delivering Google’s Android capabilities at a fraction of the cost.
With the Virtual Desktop era well and truly upon us, the business community continues to look for the latest solution to empower their employees to work remotely on the go. The Amazon Kindle Fire is possibly an alternative solution to the iPad, enabling remote working from the realm of the Tablet. We caught up with Commensus CTO, Alex Parker to find out how Citrix VDIs would function on the Kindle Fire.
“Citrix has always spoken about the need for a broad introduction of new devices in the tablet arena. The Kindle Fire utilises the Android platform and will provide good capabilities and competition in the market offering customers a differentiated coupling of capability, access and services”. In plain English, we think that the Kindle Fire will provide a real alternative for consumers looking for a virtual desktop environment.
Turning to the guru’s at Citrix, we asked how the Kindle Fire might benefit their Desktop as a Service solution. The response is interesting, “We want to add our commitment to the Amazon Kindle Fire by adding Citrix Receiver to the mix to allow end users easy, secure, self-service access to Enterprise desktops, apps, and data.”
The market looks set for a reshuffle, but just how many users will migrate away from the iPad remains to be seen. UK users will have to wait though, as the Kindle Fire only storms the US market from 15th November 2011.
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