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Stanford spin-off unveils virtualisation vision

A spin-off from Stanford University's Computer Science Department, moka5, has entered the desktop virtualisation business.

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A spin-off from Stanford University 's Computer Science Department, moka5, has entered the desktop virtualisation business.

moka5 says its new technology will revolutionise the way consumers and businesses view and use everyday computing environments.

The new company’s founding team is comprised of a combination of Stanford University PhD students and professionals from Microsoft, Sun, Symantec, XenSource and Akamai. moka5’s CEO is Monica Lam, professor of computer science, currently on leave from Stanford.

Lam's research group claims to have been the first to use machine virtualisation to address the problems of managing and securing computer desktops. Years of research at Stanford led to the creation of a third-generation system architecture, or LivePC, that delivers optimised PC management, security and mobility.

"LivePCs are a new approach to computer management that addresses many issues such as spyware, mobile computing, home computer management, hardware migration and disaster recovery. We are excited and committed to putting this technology in the hands of real users," says Lam.

Based on virtualisation, the LivePC technology allows users to work on any operating system, with any applications, on any device in a completely maintained, up to date and secure environment. moka5 says that the LivePC opens a new world of work and play where the technology allows actively managed computing environments to be run locally on any PC efficiently and transparently. This technology, claims the firm, is ideal for businesses, universities and government.

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