|Industry||Computer software, Computer hardware|
|Founded||B.C., Canada, 2004|
|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|
Teradici is a privately held software company founded in 2004, 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. Later, this technology was expanded to thin clients/zero clients for general Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. Teradici's protocol and/or hardware is used by HP, Dell-Wyse, Amulet Hotkey, Samsung, Amazon Web Services, Fujitsu, and VMware.
Teradici was founded in 2004 by Dan Cordingley, Dave Hobbs, Ken Unger and Maher Fahmi. 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. 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.
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.
PC-over-IP (PCoIP) is a proprietary remote display protocol developed by Teradici. The protocol is available in hardware silicon and in software. In 2008, VMware licensed Teradici's PCoIP protocol, and supports it in VMware Horizon View.
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. 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.
Products & Solutions
Partner and OEM products
- PCoIP Zero Client SOC (System on a Chip): SOC for OEM's to implement Zero clients either with the Teradici-developed Tera1 or Tera2 silicon, which implement the PCoIP protocol.
- 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 software clients for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android which use Teradici developed core PCoIP protocol and decoding technology.
- 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.
- 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
Relationship with Amazon
- Comparison of platform virtual machines (for a list of related virtualization-software products)
- Desktop virtualization
- x86 virtualization
- Virtual machine
- Virtual appliance
- Thin client
- Comparison of remote desktop software
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