A hypervisor on your laptop?

Virtual Computer talks about its next-generation virtual desktop offering using a hypervisor-based approach like VMware vClient. But unlike vClient, NxTop is already here.

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A hypervisor on your laptop?

Doug Lane: Hi, I'm Doug Lane. I'm the director of product management at Virtual Computer. We are a new company that launched at the beginning of September. Just yesterday here at BM World we launched a program called [NextOp] which is desktop management for mobile users. Many people have appreciated the security and manageability benefits of virtual desktop infrastructure ... growing population of mobile users. So what we have done is we have actually built a centralized basement console that we call NextOp Center where an IT person can create a virtual machine, apply any updates and patches to it, install software and then publish it out to any number of mobile users.

What we have [in turn] built is a bare minimal client called NextOp engine. That communicates with NextOp center, pulls down these virtual machines and allows it to run disconnected and in secure fashion on laptop PCs. In addition, you could wrap security around them. We fully encrypt the virtual machines. We also use trusted boot on the laptop too, so in the event that the laptop is lost or stolen you could rest assured your data is secure. You can also take advantage of our backup technology to completely restore a user onto a new hardware, even if it's on a different vendor platform because we are using virtualization technology.

Interviewer: So how do your products circumvent the obstacles to virtual desktop option?

Doug Lane: A couple of the main inhibitors to VDI are one, the expense. So unlike server virtualization where you have a hardware reduction, in the case of desktop virtualization you're actually adding servers to your data center. You're moving from quantity PC hardware to enterprise class servers. You'd have redundancy if you're running 20 desktops on a server. You need backup, you need ... storage, you need increased network capacity to send the network data and video over the network. It's actually more expensive, but in turn you get manageability benefits. So in our case, we give you all of the manageability benefits of desktop virtualization, but because we're executing our virtual machines on a client hypervisor in a disconnected fashion, it's actually a much more scalable approach.

Interviewer: Okay, thank you.

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