|Key people||Dror Wettenstein, Founder;
Joel Fisch, Chairman
|Products||Ceedo Desktop, Ceedo Enterprise, Ceedo for Citrix®, Ceedo for Call Center, Ceedo Personal|
Ceedo’s technology and products are used primarily for portable computing, security enhancement, software deployment and management, and user environment management for both the consumer and enterprise IT markets.
Based in Netanya, Ceedo Technologies was founded in 2005 by Dror Wettenstein, and its first product - Ceedo Personal - was released shortly after. Ceedo Personal’s Virtual Runtime Environment had its technological foundation rooted in a combination of application virtualization and workspace virtualization, and was later used as the foundation for a line of products called the Ceedo Client Family which was introduced in 2008, and designated primarily for the enterprise IT market.
The Ceedo Client Family mostly addresses issues relating to management, security and interoperability in portable computing scenarios, disaster recovery and business continuity, roaming users and work from home scenarios, BYOD and general management of corporate computing assets on unmanaged desktops.
In 2013 Ceedo released a new line of products called the Ceedo Desktop Family, which combines concepts from the user virtualization and storage virtualization worlds to provide data and software abstraction layers used for layering-based software deployment, user environment management and incremental backup solutions.
The Ceedo Desktop family is designed to solve and augment various limitations in current Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and cloud computing platforms by creating an Input/output buffer which captures at real time File System and Registry transactions and diverts the various Read/Write operations to logically separated storage locations in a modular fashion.
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Ceedo Desktop Products
Ceedo Desktop is a family of products announced in early 2012 under the code name Project Ren, and released by Ceedo in 2013. In essence, Ceedo Desktop is an image layering solution that allows for real-time disk image composition of layers with an underlying OS, while retaining the file-level structure of the various components stored in the layers as well as their Registry hive structure. The image-composition allows Ceedo Desktop to solve various complications and limitations of current VDI platforms such as Citrix XenDesktop® and Microsoft Hyper-V®, expand the abilities of desktop management and software deployment tools, and allow for light-weight incremental backups of Servers.
Employing its technology, Ceedo Desktop allows IT departments to roll-out a single golden image to the entire company and gradually flavor it at runtime with modular layers consisting of data and applications obtained from logically separated storage locations. Once loaded by Ceedo Desktop, the layers seamlessly converge with the underlying operating system and present to the user a cohesive desktop and unhindered user experience.
The Ceedo Desktop family of products includes three main flavors, each aimed at specific scenarios and use cases: The Ceedo Desktop User-Specific Environment (Ceedo Desktop-USE) - used primarily for capturing user customizations, user-installed applications, and profiles on locked down or non-persistent desktops. The Ceedo Desktop User Environment Management (Ceedo Desktop-UEM) - used primarily for user environment management, software deployment, desktop management and backups. And Ceedo Desktop Remote Desktop Service (Ceedo Desktop-RDS) - used for expanding the capabilities of Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Server) by allowing users to have personally flavored sessions on concurrent RDS sessions.
Ceedo Desktop User Specific Environment
Ceedo Desktop User-Specific Environment, also known as Ceedo Desktop-USE, is a runtime image layering solution consisting of a single Read/Write (R/W) layer usually stored in a virtual hard disk in the cloud. In Ceedo Desktop-USE, the R/W layer is dedicated for deploying user specific applications that IT does not wish to include in the base OS image and/or allow users to customize and install applications (UIA) on non-persistent or locked-down desktops.
Ceedo Desktop-USE is targeted primarily as an augmenting solution for stateless VDI deployments as well as help companies that wish to use an OS that reverts to its original state each time a user logs-off, while still allowing users to install and customize applications in a non-intrusive manner.
Ceedo Desktop User Environment Management
Ceedo Desktop UEM, also known as Ceedo Desktop-UEM, is a runtime image layering solution that allows for the creation and distribution of Read-Only layers consisting of pools of applications such as: a core organizational applications layer, departmental applications layer, and user group applications layer, all of which are stored separately, usually in the form of virtual hard disks. The virtual hard disks are stored separately from the deployed OS image and can be shared by multiple users at one time. Ceedo Desktop-UEM also includes a Read/Write (R/W) layer that captures user-installed applications (UIA) and customizations made during users’ sessions.
Ceedo Desktop-UEM is directed primarily at VDI deployments and traditional desktop stations as a means to eliminate OS image sprawl and allow for application deployments and updates from a single location, instead of application distribution to multiple OS images and/or desktops.
Ceedo Desktop User Remote Desktop Service
Ceedo Desktop Remote Desktop Service, also known as Ceedo Desktop RDS, is expansion of Ceedo Desktop UEM that can run on Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Session Host, and that transforms at real-time the terminal desktop instance shared by all users into a number of concurrent sessions, each differently flavored for different users, including the ability for users to tweak their own session.
Ceedo Client Products
The Ceedo Client family is a group of products based on Ceedo’s Virtual Runtime Environment and Workspace Virtualization technologies that provides a zero-install, plug-'n'-play environment which can be centrally managed for content updates and granular user-rights policies. The Ceedo Client family includes the consumer-oriented Ceedo Personal, the PC-on-a-stick solution: Ceedo Enterprise, the safe-browsing solution: Ceedo for Citrix ®, and the work from home solution for call centers: Ceedo for Call Center. According to the company, Ceedo Client-based products are used by more than 4,000,000 users worldwide.
Ceedo Client-based products allow users to run a portable and sandboxed self-contained computing environment that allows Windows® software applications to be executed locally on any Windows® PC using a shared runtime environment. Applications installed into the Ceedo Client can run regardless of the host’s Windows® OS version, and provide the applications running within the environment all the resources usually provided by an underlying OS, including a virtual File System and Registry, virtual services and other system components – all of which run in the Volatile Memory of the host OS, ensuring zero-footprint.
The Ceedo Client virtual runtime environment is equipped with a virtual Start Menu, separated from that of the operating system, and can be carried on portable data storage devices, including SSD and flash memory-based devices like a Disk on Key or a Two-Factor Authentication token, cloud storage drives such as Google Drive, SkyDrive and Dropbox, as well as locally installed.
Ceedo Enterprise allows organizations to deliver corporate-managed applications encapsulated in sandboxed, secure, and pre-configured Workspaces that can be mounted on portable devices or stored in the cloud and remotely managed.
Ceedo Enterprise is usually used in PC-on-a-stick-type solutions as a laptop replacement, roaming users and home workers enabler, as well as a disaster recovery and business continuity solution while stored on encrypted USB Flash Drives and other secure portable storage medium.
Ceedo for Citrix ®
Ceedo for Citrix® is a Citrix-Ready variant of Ceedo Enterprise which has been equipped with Citrix Receiver®, an internal Access Control mechanism, specially configured hardened browser, and other components according to IT specifications that provides users with an all-in-one plug-‘n’-play remote computing solution.
Ceedo for Citrix ® is usually deployed on Two-Factor Authentication tokens with the device’s own middleware also installed into the Ceedo Workspace, along with a VPN client and other security-related applications.
Ceedo for Call Center
Ceedo for Call Center is a variant of Ceedo Enterprise specially configured and tweaked for Call Center representatives working from home, ensuring complete monitoring and usage oversight, host minimum requirements compatibility checks, and other components that ensure high-quality VoIP and enterprise-level secure connections.
Ceedo for Call Center is usually locally installed on the user’s computer, and is employed along with various security mechanisms and Unified Communications related software.
Ceedo Personal allows users to install and carry applications on portable media such as USB flash drive and pocket hard drives and executing them locally on any PC using an interface similar to the Windows® Start Menu, although unlike its enterprise-class counterparts, Ceedo Personal does not come with elevated security mechanisms or a central management system.
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- Ceedo Solutions page: http://www.ceedo.com/solutions/business-solutions.html
- Ceedo Management Team: http://www.ceedo.com/company/management-team.html
- Ceedo and Citrix announcement: http://www.ceedo.com/company/aug-05-2008-ceedo-announces-ceedo-enterprise-for-citrix-xenapp.html
- Ceedo Enterprise announcement: http://www.ceedo.com/company/jun-6-2008-ceedo-launches-an-application-virtualization-solution-for-the-enterprise.html
- Disaster Recovery datasheet: http://files.ceedo.com/resources/SO_DisasterRecovery.pdf
- Work from Home datasheet: http://files.ceedo.com/resources/SO_WorkFromHome.pdf
- Ceedo Desktop datasheet: http://files.ceedo.com/resources/ceedo_desktop_datasheet.pdf
- Ceedo Desktop for VDI Solution Brief http://files.ceedo.com/resources/ceedo_desktop_for_vdi_solution_brief.pdf
- ”Ceedo simplifies User-Installed Applications with Project Ren”, Gabe Knuth, SearchVirtualDesktop: http://searchvirtualdesktop.techtarget.com/tip/Ceedo-simplifies-User-Installed-Applications-with-Project-Ren
- Ceedo Desktop Dynamic Layering of User Environments presentation: http://files.ceedo.com/resources/ceedo_desktop_dynamic_layering_of_user_environments.ppsx
- Ceedo Introducing Ceedo Desktop video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xayc6akXbYM
- Ceedo Desktop Technical Demo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jwpZgnhgOE
- Ceedo Client management System datasheet: http://files.ceedo.com/resources/ccms_datasheet.pdf
- Ceedo Portable Client Workspace Overview: http://files.ceedo.com/resources/ceedo_portable_client_workspace_overview.ppsx
- Ceedo Enterprise Your Workspace on a Stick video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc0Z1YlZE3M
- Ceedo for Citrix product page: http://www.ceedo.com/products/ceedo-for-citrix.html
- Ceedo for Call Center product page: http://www.ceedo.com/products/ceedo-for-call-center.html
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