Another Start-up, Another Desktop Virtualization Scheme
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It started going commercial a
few weeks ago with a preview paid for by angel money supplied by Sun founder
Vinod Khosla and Sun’s old strategy chief Bill Raduchel.
It brags that the stuff, in
pilot since last year, is built on 10 years of research at
MokaFive, which some may
remember as the stealth Moka5, calls its solution Virtual Desktop Solution,
which is expected to go live in June, and says, in Cloudspeak, that it will
manage a company’s virtual systems from its own data centers if you like.
Its solution, inspired by Sun’s
SunRay architecture with SAP’s sales force as a key customer, is based on what
it calls LivePC, which can be any operating system and applications stack sent
down to any desktop or device, even an iPod or cell phone.
The SunRay bit is that you can
take it with you to any PC or thin client complements of a USB Flash drive, a
facility it figures is a key differentiator.
MokaFive claims it will run at
normal, better-than-VMware, desktop speed either on- or offline (its VMs
execute locally) although it’s using the free VMware Player right now to do it.
VMware got started at Stanford
too and Lam has the office next door to fellow prof and VMware co-founder
Mandel Rosenblum, VMware CEO Diane Green’s husband.
It promises faster launches,
automatic updates and spyware and malware self-healing as well as enhanced
security using no operating system complements of its Fedora-based BareMetal
The per-user pricing is still
unclear, but promises to be competitive even if it’s not, as it says, open
source. It is currently offering a free Express download, expecting to charge
only for its Professional version. It has a number of LivePC images available
Like Desktone, another desktop
virtualizer, MokaFive imagines its stuff being handled by services providers.
It streams its images and is supposed to be able to support hundreds of users
on a single server. The widgetry downloads only the necessary changes.
VMware has ACE and Microsoft
MokaFive quotes the Gartner figure saying that 660 million desktops will be virtual by 2011, up from five million in 2006.
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