Teradici

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Teradici, Inc.
Type Private
Industry Computer software, Computer hardware
Founded B.C., Canada, 2004
Founders Dan Cordingley
Dave Hobbs
Ken Unger
Maher Fahmi
Headquarters Burnaby, B.C., Canada and Santa Clara, CA, United States
Products PCoIP Protocol, PCoIP Zero Client SOC, PCoIP Workstation 1:1 Host SOC, APEX 2800 Server Offload, PCoIP Management Console
Employees 200+
Website www.teradici.com

Teradici is a privately held software company founded in 2004,[1] with head offices in Metropolitan Vancouver, BC and Santa Clara, CA. Teradici initially developed a protocol (PCoIP) for compressing and decompressing images and sound when remotely accessing blade servers, and implemented it in hardware.[2][3] Later, this technology was expanded to thin clients/zero clients[4] for general Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.[5][6] Teradici's protocol and/or hardware is used by HP, Dell-Wyse,[7] Samsung, Amazon Web Services,[8] Fujitsu,[9] and VMware.

Front shot Teradici PCoIP zero clients. From left to right Tera1, Tera2 (four ports) and Tera2 (two ports)

History[edit]

Teradici was founded in 2004 by Dan Cordingley, Dave Hobbs, Ken Unger and Maher Fahmi.[10][11] It operated in stealth mode until 2007 when they announced their first products, a blade server card and a small hockey puck shaped client, utilizing a Teradici-designed chip which implemented the PCoIP protocol.[12] In 2008, VMware announced it was licensing Teradici's PCoIP protocol. Teradici developed a software implementation of PCoIP, which VMware started shipping in VMware View 4.[13]

Previous Teradici Corporate Logo (circa 2013)

The Teradici name originated from a previous company the founders were incubating. That company's product involved a 100-gigabit datacenter networking device. One-tenth of a tera is a deci, but "Teradeci" didn't roll off the tongue. "Teradici" was unique, sounded better and the domain name was available at the time.[14]

PCoIP Protocol[edit]

PC-over-IP (PCoIP) is a proprietary remote display protocol developed by Teradici.[15] The protocol is available in hardware silicon and in software. In 2008, VMware licensed Teradici's PCoIP protocol,[1][16][17] and supports it in VMware Horizon View.[18]

PCoIP is a UDP based protocol that is host rendered, multi-codec and dynamically adaptive. Images rendered on the server are captured as pixels, compressed and encoded and then sent to the client for decryption and decompression. Depending on the image, different codecs are used to encode the pixels sent since techniques to compress video images differ in effectiveness compared to those for text.[15] The protocol also dynamically adapts its encoding based on the available bandwidth. In low bandwidth environments it utilizes lossy compression where a highly compressed image is quickly delivered, followed by additional data to refine that image, a process termed "build to perceptually lossless". The default is to use lossless compression which is used when there is minimal network congestion or when explicitly configured, as might be required for scenarios where image fidelity is more important than conserving bandwidth, e.g. for medical imaging.[19][20]

Products & Solutions[edit]

Partner and OEM products[edit]

  • PCoIP Zero Client SOC (System on a Chip): SOC for OEM's to implement Zero clients either with the Teradici-developed Tera1 or Tera2[21] silicon, which implement the PCoIP protocol.
Rear shot Teradici PCoIP zero clients. From left to right Tera1, Tera2 (four DVI ports) and Tera2 (two DVI ports)
  • PCoIP Workstation 1:1 host SOC (System on a Chip): An SOC allowing an OEM to implement a PCIe card which plugs into a workstation (typically a blade computer), allowing it to be remoted and controlled by a client device, either a PCoIP Zero Client or PCoIP Software Client. The connection is 1:1, meaning one host system to one remote user, it is not virtualized or shared and can capture the output from a GPU for full HD and 2K remoting along with redirecting audio and USB peripherals.
  • PCoIP software clients: Software implementation of the PCoIP protocol for flexible client device support. Select OEM's include this in their products for x86 and ARM based thin clients. This is also the basis for the VMware and AWS Amazon Workspaces[22] software clients for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android which use Teradici developed core PCoIP protocol and decoding technology.

Direct Products[edit]

  • Teradici APEX 2800 server offload card: A PCIe coprocessor board to offload the compression and encryption of graphics and audio to and from PCoIP based clients.[23]
  • PCoIP management console: A web-based management tool for administrative control of PCoIP devices from a central console.
  • Workstation Access Software: Enables remote access via PCoIP to Windows workstations.

Relationship with VMware[edit]

In 2008 VMware licensed Teradici's PCoIP protocol,[1][16][17] and supports it in VMware Horizon View.[18]

Relationship with Amazon[edit]

In 2013 Amazon licensed the PCoIP protocol for use in AWS Amazon Workspaces.[8][22][24][25][26][27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mellor, Chris (10 November 2009). "VMware brings fat graphics to thin clients". The Register. Situation Publishing. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Thibodeau, Patrick (25 June 2007). "Blade Vendors Look to Make Thin Clients More PC-Like". Computerworld. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Miller, Michael (23 July 2007). "A New Twist on Blade Computing". ForwardThinking. PCMag. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Doyle, Paul; Mark Deegan; David Markey; Rose Tinabo; Bossi Masamila; David Tracey (July 2009). "CASE STUDIES IN THIN CLIENT ACCEPTANCE". Ubiquitous Computing and Communication Journal. Special Issue on ICIT 2009 Conference - Applied Computing 4 (3): 587. ISSN 1992-8424. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Haff, Gordon (November 9, 2009). "VMware elevates its desktop virtualization view". CNET. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Lohr, Steve (24 September 2007). "New Ideas in Thin Computing – I". Bits: The Business of Technology. The New York Times. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Myslewski, Rik. "Dell uncloaks novel workstation trio, plops one into cloud". The Register. Situation Publishing. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Berger, Gunnar (November 2013). "The DaaS floodgates are open thanks to Amazon WorkSpaces". Gartner Blog Network. Gartner. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Shukla, Anuradha. "Fujitsu Provides Teradici's PCoIP in its CELSIUS Workstations". TMCnet. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Shaw, Gillian (16 June 2007). "Bold move to control PC security and software: Four high-tech veterans create circuit card that brings big boys' backing". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  11. ^ Drexhage, Glenn (2006). "$10 million funding round kick-starts Burnaby semiconductor company". Business In Vancouver. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Is Teradici's PC-Over-IP The Next Big Thing?". Virtualization Journal. SYS-CON Media. June 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  13. ^ wponder (6 December 2009). "PCoIP Zero Client and VMware View 4". Virtual Desktop Blog. VMware. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  14. ^ Rogers, Bruce (21 May 2014). "Dan Cordingley's Teradici Enables the Virtual Workspace". Forbes. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  15. ^ a b Stuart, Greg. "PCoIP: What Is PC-over-IP and How Does It Work?". Petri IT Knowledgebase. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "VMware Announces Strategic Licensing and Co-development Agreement with Teradici for True Remote PC User Experience Further Bolstering its vClient Initiative". VMware News Releases. VMware. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  17. ^ a b Ricknas, Mikael. "Desktops Will Move to the Cloud, VMware Exec Says". PCWorld. IDG News Service. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  18. ^ a b O'Doherty, Paul (2012). VMware View 5: Building a Successful Virtual Desktop. Prentice Hall. p. 8-3. ISBN 9780132983686. 
  19. ^ "VMware View 5 with PCoIP: Network Optimization Guide". VMware. p. 4. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "PCoIP technology". Teradici. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  21. ^ Harding, Christoph. "Teradici Announces Next-Generation Tera2 PCoIP® Zero Clients". That's my view. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  22. ^ a b Brian Madden (11 December 2013). "BrianMadden.com Live Podcast #52, with guest Dan Cordingley, CEO of Teradici". BrianMadden.com (Podcast). TechTarget. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  23. ^ Langone, Jason (2012). Vmware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions. Packt Publishing Ltd. p. 82. ISBN 9781849681124. 
  24. ^ "Amazon WorkSpaces Product Details". Amazon Web Services. Amazon. November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  25. ^ Don Clark (November 2013). "Amazon Plans to Offer Desktops in the Cloud". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  26. ^ Vaughan-Nichols, Steven (November 2013). "Amazon want you to run Windows 7 on its cloud with WorkSpaces". ZDNet. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  27. ^ Bennett, Nelson (November 2013). "Burnaby's Teradici teams up with Amazon to eliminate the need for desktop computers". Business In Vancouver. BIV Media Group. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 

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