Startup Wanova releases its desktop virtualization software, Mirage, as a beta. Wanova officials say its desktop virtualization technology gives users a full desktop experience and supports mobile workers, even when offline. The desktop virtualization space continues to be a competitive and crowded one, with such companies as VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, Wyse, Moka5 and RingCube offering products.
Wanova has released the beta of its Mirage desktop virtualization software, which
is designed to give users a complete PC experience while enabling businesses to
manage the environment from a central location.
Mirage, which Wanova calls DDV (Distributed Desktop Virtualization) software,
is designed to help organizations more easily manage their virtual desktop
environments while allowing users to work offline or while away from their
The Mirage beta was released Dec. 9. For more information on the details of
the beta program, click here.
came out of stealth mode
in August, bringing its desktop virtualization
offering into an increasingly competitive
that not only includes top-tier vendors like VMware, Citrix Systems
and Microsoft, but also smaller vendors such as Moka5 and RingCube Technologies.
Unlike desktop virtualization technologies that put all desktop components
in the data center and leave a thin-client-like device for the user, Mirage
offers central management, but also the ability to run desktop workloads at the
With Mirage, CVDs, or Centralized Virtual Desktops, are housed on the
central server, with each CVD holding the
image of an individual's desktop. Those images can be streamed to any end-user
device, according to Wanova officials.
On the user end, Wanova's DeskCache client can be put onto any desktop or
laptop, and lets the user work from anywhere, even offline, with a complete
desktop experience. Wanova's DDO (Distributed Desktop Optimization) technology
keeps the central copy and the desktop image in sync, with only the changes
moving back and forth between the endpoint and the central servers.
Mirage is compatible with all current hypervisors, and supports both Windows
XP and Windows 7.
"Traditional approaches to desktop virtualization have some very good
use cases, but are often too costly, complex, restrictive
and-ultimately-unproductive, especially for mobile users that require offline
operation and native laptop experience," Issy Ben-Shaul, CTO
and co-founder of Wanova, said in a statement.