[thinnews] VMware Touts Enterprise Hosted Desktop At VMworld

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  • Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 09:08:07 -0700 (PDT)

VMware Touts Enterprise Hosted Desktop At VMworld 


By Paula Rooney, 

10:54 AM EDT Wed. Oct. 19, 2005 

VMware built its empire on the server, but this week the software maker will 
focus on the Enterprise Hosted Desktop, a managed virtual desktop built on its 
virtual infrastructure. 
At VMworld 2005 in Las Vegas, Palo Alto, Calif.-based VMware is expected to 
detail how upcoming upgrades, ESX 3 and VirtualCenter 2, can be used to deploy 
secure managed desktop services and remote access to the enterprise. Both 
products, announced Monday, are in limited beta testing and are due to ship in 
the first quarter of 2006. 
Enterprise Hosted Desktop is yet another approach to managing and securing the 
desktop, but it's not likely to please Citrix Systems and Microsoft, according 
to David Greschler, vice president at Boston-based Softricity, whose 
application virtualization software runs atop the Enterprise Hosted Desktop. 
"It's a replacement for the [Citrix] MetaFrame server," Greschler said. "You 
can fire up [Windows] XP on a server using ESX and have XP sessions using RDP 
[Remote Desktop Protocol] to screen scrape to a client. It's not unlike 
Microsoft terminal services and Citrix, but it's done in a different way." 
Partners lined up at VMworld to tout their own hosted solutions. At VMworld 
2005 on Tuesday, for instance, Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM unveiled its IBM 
Virtualized Hosted Client Infrastructure with partners VMware and Citrix. The 
solution pairs an IBM xSeries or BladeCenter server with versions of VMWare's 
virtual infrastructure software and Citrix's Presentation Server 
VMware Workstation, VMware's first desktop product, traditionally has been used 
for application development and testing purposes, like Microsoft's Virtual PC. 
Version 5.5, which was introduced last month, is currently in beta testing and 
expected to be released later this year. 
VMware said virtual machines created with VMware Workstation can be deployed to 
its GSX Server and data center-class VMware ESX Server platforms. Once deployed 
on GSX Server or ESX Server, VirtualCenter can be used to manage these virtual 
machines, the company said. 
According to information about the Enterprise Hosted Desktop on VMware?s Web 
site, the company's virtual infrastructure can be used to provide centrally 
hosted virtual desktops to remote users. Using VirtualCenter 2, for instance, 
desktops can be managed, secured, scaled and provisioned more easily than 
traditional methods. 
Mike Reilly, managing partner at Foedus, a VMware and Softricity partner in 
Portsmouth, N.H., said the combination resolves key desktop management issues. 
"It's got a lot of potential, the Enterprise Hosted Desktop, in being able to 
leverage a virtual desktop instance," Reilly said. "VMware breaks the bind 
between the OS and the hardware, and Softricity breaks the bind between the 
application and the operating system. We can use those two things in concert.? 
Like many ISVs, VMware is trying to leverage its virtual infrastructure 
technology to help customers reduce the cost of desktop management, said Paul 
Ghostine, president of Emergent Online, a VMware VIP and VMware Authorized 
Consulting partner. "There are many ways of doing it, with [VMware] Enterprise 
Hosted Desktop, Citrix Online, Web Ex and other managed desktop services," he 
Microsoft confirmed last spring that it is experimenting with a managed desktop 
service with Energizer Holdings and several other corporate customers. 
The Enterprise Hosted Desktop is different from ACE, VMware's other 
desktop-related product. ACE is a utility that lets users build secure 
corporate desktop images on CDs that can be handed to outside contractors, and 
partners can securely load them onto their laptops, plug into the network 
without any risk of infection and have the same user interface as internal 

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