VMware Acquires New-Gen Desktop Virtualizer Wanova

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-05-22 Print this article Print

Wanova adds advanced WAN-based VDI capabilities while enabling users to maintain the native performance of a PC.

Virtualization kingpin VMware made a move to the cutting-edge section of the virtual desktop market May 22 by announcing the acquisition of Campbell, Calif.-based Wanova. Details of the transaction were not released by VMware.

Privately held Wanova provides a turnkey desktop cloud package called Mirage that is akin to a virtual desktop implementation on steroids. Mirage features an intelligently designed, wide-area-network (WAN)-based architecture, simplification of management of desktop images across different PCs, and desktop continuity for distributed and mobile devices.

Wanova adds these VDI capabilities while enabling users to maintain the native performance of a PC. Performance of multiple PCs over an entire system has always been the No. 1 challenge for VDI makers.

VMware plans to combine its frontline VDI platform, VMware View, with Mirage. It will take a period of time, probably months, but when the two products are combined, VMware claims the result will be market-changing.

"This was the reason for the deal," Phil Montgomery, senior director of Product Marketing at VMware, told eWEEK. "Their IP was like no one else's. The combination of Mirage and View will redefine the whole VDI market.

"The key is in Wanova's first three letters: WAN. They have wide-area network expertise that drives everything fast from the server to the end point."

By adding Wanova's IP to its mix, VMware claims that IT organizations will be able to automatically synchronize PC image updates/upgrades to all types of endpoints -- physical virtual, tethered desktops, or roaming laptops (Mac and PC). This will be music to the ears of IT administrators.

Wanova also brings advanced layering technology to enable the deployment of persistent departmental or user-installed applications in centrally managed desktop images, providing every user with a low-cost personalized physical or virtual desktop, Montgomery said.

Mirage has image-syncing ability that stores all elements of a user's desktop image in a company's private cloud for complete management and backup, Montgomery said. It also has desktop streaming and layering to enable quick recovery and repair services for all types of endpoints -- even over WAN.

Wanova originally came out with a hybrid desktop-virtualization platform in 2010 and added enterprise-level features a year later. Mirage 2.0 aims to combine the management and security benefits of a VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure)€”where most of the components of the platform run on a central back-end server€”and the flexibility needed to enable mobile and remote workers to access the environment, even offline.

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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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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