VMware extends desktop virtualisation offering with Thinstall acquisition


VMware extends desktop virtualisation offering with Thinstall acquisition

Antony Savvas

VMware is to expand its desktop virtualisation offering with the acquisition of application virtualisation firm Thinstall.

VMware has also acquired virtualisation services assets from Foedus.

VMware is acquiring Thinstall to expand its desktop virtualisation capabilities, which help customers better provision, deploy and update desktop environments.

The terms of the acquisition, which is expected to be completed in the current fiscal quarter, have not been disclosed. VMware is owned by EMC.

"Delivering software applications to an organisation's workforce is the single largest cost of desktop administration today," said Jeff Jennings, vice-president of desktop products and solutions at VMware.

"Thinstall's third generation solution offers the best technological approach in the market for application virtualisation, providing faster, easier and more secure delivery of software applications to desktop-based workforces.

"The addition of Thinstall to our desktop virtualisation portfolio will help us to better deliver cost-effective and more flexible tools for quickly and securely provisioning desktops," said Jennings.

Thinstall decouples applications from underlying operating systems, improving isolation and portability for applications across desktop environments.

Thinstall's agent-less approach to application virtualisation enables a rapid, secure and cost effective delivery of software applications to desktops, said VMware.

Agent-less application virtualisation requires no pre-installed software on physical or virtual PC's and no new deployment infrastructure or management tools.

Thinstall's architecture integrates into existing application management systems to deliver virtualised applications across a variety of operating systems and enables applications to move with users as needed.

VMware has also acquired services-related assets from Foedus, a provider of virtualisation technologies and services. VMware intends to use Foedus's application and desktop virtualisation services expertise to help VMware partners expand their virtualisation services business.

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