VMware ramps up desktop virtualisation offering


VMware ramps up desktop virtualisation offering

Antony Savvas

VMware is ramping up its virtual desktop technology offering with key products showcased at this week's VMworld Europe show.

The products will allow organisations to scale virtual desktop deployments to thousands of users at once, and let workers access desktops and applications both online and offline.

The new Scalable Virtual Image technology allows organisations to quickly deploy, update and publish desktop images to thousands of virtual machines, accomplishing many tasks in minutes that previously took hours with physical PCs.

Scalable Virtual Image technology delivers lower operational costs through simple and scalable desktop image management and reduces storage requirements up to 90% for virtual desktop infrastructure environments, said VMware.

In addition, Offline Virtual Desktop Infrastructure enables end-users to "check out" personalised virtual desktops running on VMware virtual desktop infrastructure to a notebook computer, for use offline and then "check back in" to the same desktop running in their virtual desktop infrastructure environment.

The technology previews how a single virtual desktop infrastructure platform may be able to support all enterprise PCs in the future.

And the new application virtualisation technology code-named "Project North Star" is expected to be generally available later this year.

Based on the company's Thinstall acquisition, the VMware application virtualisation offering simplifies application deployment and management, by reducing the time and effort to test, package, install and update applications in physical and virtual desktop environments.

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