NxTop Puts Virtual Desktops on the Road

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2011-04-22 Email Print this article Print

The NxTop platform uses a bare metal hypervisor on desktop and laptop systems to implement virtual desktops on user systems. The effect of hosting the virtual machine locally enables NxTop users to work untethered to the data center. IT managers should anticipate substantial planning time to ensure that NxTop virtual machine policies and workloads are fine-tuned for your organization. NxTop uses a policy engine and other tools to enable IT managers to customize virtual desktops for individual users or groups of users. NxTop 3.1 will start shipping April 19 and costs $150 per user and requires a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 that is running the Hyper-V role.

Read my full review of NxTop at eweek.com.

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