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I Kidaro you not....

I Kidaro you not....

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The consolidation of Virtualisation vendors continues with Microsoft's annoucement of the acquisition of Kidaro . This follows Microsoft's acquisition of Calista Technologies, Citrix acquisition of XenSource and VMWare's acquisition of Thinstall.

Kidaro's Managed Workspace toolset will add an interesting capability to the Desktop Optimisation Pack - it delivers a seamless experience for users making use of Virtual PC. Wherever apps require a legacy OS, or have specific needs for isolation, Virtual PC can be a good solution. The Kidaro tools add a unified admin console, optimised delivery of the Virtual PC images, and the app is all delivered into a seamless window to the users desktop. In  the words of the Microsoft Virtualisation team

Kidaro's Managed Workspace product allows enterprise data and applicatiosn to run within a "transparent virtual machine wrapper." Kidaro's product is built upon Microsoft Virtual PC, and the wrapper provides "enterprise class" management, deployment and a clean user experience. You can read more on Kidaro's site. With this acquisition, the wrapper becomes Microsoft Virtual PC.

Microsoft's Calista acquisition in Jan was aimed at solving a different problem - it focuses on the model where the Vista desktop OS has been virtualised. Centralised desktops are delivered to users via Terminal Services and RDP - which till now has resulted in an eroded user experience for graphics and video intensive apps. With the Calista tools...

users will enjoy the same rich user experience as with a locally executing desktop: Full 3D graphics with support for DirectX, Vista Aero and WPF applications, full frame rate video with 100% coverage for all media types, and fully synchronized audio.

Added together with the Softricity toolset, also part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack, Microsoft have lined up easily the most comprehensive solution set for enterprise centralised desktop management to leverage Virtualisation in all its flavours.

 Windows Virtualization Team Blog

  • Insight on Microsoft's acquisition of Kidaro , adding to the comprehensive Desktop Optimisation

  • So I normally do not regurgitate generic technical information that you can find on one of a thousand

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