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Virtualisation vendor vows to boost value of applications

Joe O'Halloran

Aiming to help its customers better provision, deploy and update desktop environments, virtualisation leader VMware has acquired Thinstall and Foedus.

VMware believes that the business benefit to customers from its buys will be significantly decreased time to reach the value of a software application and also reduced overhead of potentially costly integrations.

Thinstall works to decouple applications from underlying operating systems in order to improve isolation and portability for applications across desktop environments.  The firm’s agentless approach to application virtualisation is designed to enable the rapid, secure and cost effective delivery of software applications to desktops.

Agentless application virtualisation, pioneered by Thinstall, requires no pre-installed software on physical or virtual PCs 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 system versions (NT, 2000, XP, Vista ) and enables applications to move with users as needed.

“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.”

Foedus, is a provider of application and desktop virtualisation technologies and services and VMware intends to leverage Foedus’s expertise to help its partners expand their virtualisation services business. 


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