Virtual Computer

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-04-19 Print this article Print


Virtual Computer

Virtual Computer, based in Westford, Mass., calls its client-side hypervisor Distributed Desktop Virtualization. To learn more, read the related review.

"We're working on a deal now with Lenovo that will have our hypervisor running on a whole different class of machine, everything from laptops down to desktops," CEO Dan McCall told eWEEK. "Lenovo is seeing a convergence between the thin client and the desktop PC. Taking laptops aside-because that's a different segment of the market [since they are not "tethered" machines]-there's actual overlap between the high end of the thin-client line and the low end of the desktop line, with the low end of desktops probably getting more performance than thin clients."

Both those segments, however, can now run client-side virtualization, McCall said, indicating that previous laptop generations didn't have the horsepower to run a local client plus the virtualization agent at the same time.

Virtual Computer gives users some choices within deployments, which could include a mix of desktops, laptops and other mobile devices. For example, McCall said, a NxTop-powered laptop could be running Windows 7 locally on the client while at the same time providing a separate window into a server-based deployment of something else, such as Linux or another Windows version.

"We try not to get too religious about how you want to run virtualization," McCall said. "We allow you to lay down our product, NxTop, at the base layer for all these devices-which are all essentially personal computers. Then you make the choice about whether you want to run your workload in the data center on VMware ESX or a Citrix XenServer environment, or run your virtual machine locally.

"That's really the innovation we're providing to this market right now," he said.

VC's NxTop (pronounced Nextop) 3.1 RC1 will become available for download April 19.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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