Wanova Releases Mirage Desktop Virtualization Software Beta

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 desks.

The Mirage beta was released Dec. 9. For more information on the details of the beta program, click here.

Wanova came out of stealth mode in August, bringing its desktop virtualization offering into an increasingly competitive field 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 endpoints.

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.