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Virtual Computer is a venture-backed software company in the Boston area that produces desktop virtualization products, which combine centralized management with local execution on a hypervisor running on PCs. Virtual Computer has developed a type-1 hypervisor that runs directly on end-user PCs, delivering native PC performance and mobility. By running the workload on the PC, Virtual Computer enables companies to have centralized management without servers, storage, and networking required for server-hosted VDI. The technology supports shared image management, enabling an IT professional to manage thousands of desktops and laptops the same way that they would manage one. Wikipedia.


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Virtual Computer | Date: 2010-08-17

A virtual workspace can include an active instance of a layered virtual file system namespace. A layered virtual file system namespace is referred to by the virtual workspace and includes a collection of system data (e.g. layered virtual file system base layer), user data (e.g. layered virtual file system user layer), and virtualized applications (e.g. virtual app layer), metadata and policies (e.g. layered virtual file system layer scope). Because a virtual workspace can include software such as an operating system and one or more applications in addition to user data, a virtual workspace can be aligned with a namespace so that an operating system of the virtual workspace may be located at a base layer, one or more applications executing on the operating system may be located at an upper virtual app layer, and user data in a virtual workspace may be found at any layer at or above the user layer.


Patent
Virtual Computer | Date: 2010-11-11

A virtual workspace can include an active instance of a layered virtual file system namespace. A layered virtual file system namespace is referred to by the virtual workspace and includes a collection of system data (e.g. layered virtual file system base layer), user data (e.g. layered virtual file system user layer), and virtualized applications (e.g. virtual app layer), metadata and policies (e.g. layered virtual file system layer scope). Because a virtual workspace can include software such as an operating system and one or more applications in addition to user data, a virtual workspace can be aligned with a namespace so that an operating system of the virtual workspace may be located at a base layer, one or more applications executing on the operating system may be located at an upper virtual app layer, and user data in a virtual workspace may be found at any layer at or above the user layer.


Patent
Virtual Computer | Date: 2010-11-11

A virtual workspace can include an active instance of a layered virtual file system namespace. A layered virtual file system namespace is referred to by the virtual workspace and includes a collection of system data (e.g. layered virtual file system base layer), user data (e.g. layered virtual file system user layer), and virtualized applications (e.g. virtual app layer), metadata and policies (e.g. layered virtual file system layer scope). Because a virtual workspace can include software such as an operating system and one or more applications in addition to user data, a virtual workspace can be aligned with a namespace so that an operating system of the virtual workspace may be located at a base layer, one or more applications executing on the operating system may be located at an upper virtual app layer, and user data in a virtual workspace may be found at any layer at or above the user layer.


Patent
Virtual Computer | Date: 2010-11-11

A virtual workspace can include an active instance of a layered virtual file system namespace. A layered virtual file system namespace is referred to by the virtual workspace and includes a collection of system data (e.g. layered virtual file system base layer), user data (e.g. layered virtual file system user layer), and virtualized applications (e.g. virtual app layer), metadata and policies (e.g. layered virtual file system layer scope). Because a virtual workspace can include software such as an operating system and one or more applications in addition to user data, a virtual workspace can be aligned with a namespace so that an operating system of the virtual workspace may be located at a base layer, one or more applications executing on the operating system may be located at an upper virtual app layer, and user data in a virtual workspace may be found at any layer at or above the user layer.


News Article | June 7, 2012
Site: www.techworld.com

Citrix Systems has acquired privately-owned Bytemobile, which develops data and video optimisation products for mobile network operators, the company said on Thursday. Today, a plethora of vendors are offering products that aim to help mobile operators better handle the growing traffic volumes in their networks, and Citrix wants in on the action. Buying Bytemobile gives it a foothold in the core infrastructure of more than 130 mobile operators in 60 countries, the company said. The two companies already had a partnership that combined Bytemobile's Smart Capacity technology with the Citrix NetScaler products, which offer features such as load balancing, data compression, content caching and SSL acceleration. Smart Capacity is used for video and web optimisation, as well as traffic management and bandwidth throttling. For example, the web optimisation tool can cut internet and mobile application traffic by 30 percent to 35 percent, using a wide range of techniques, as well as caching, according to Bytemobile. This includes traffic generated by the automatic download of software updates, it said. After the deal closes, Bytemobile will continue as an independent product group within Citrix's cloud networking division. The terms of the acquisition were not announced, but the deal has been approved by the board of directors of each company and is expected to close during the third quarter. Previously this year Citrix acquired Podio - a developer of a cloud-based software platform for project management and collaboration - and Virtual Computer, which will help the company develop its XenClient hypervisor.


News Article | May 10, 2012
Site: www.zdnet.com

Citrix has rounded out its mobile software portfolio with one eye on IT management policies and another on enablement. To date, Citrix has focused on enabling corporate apps so they can be used on tablets and smartphones via its Receiver software. On Wednesday, the company moved to bolster efforts to deliver those apps via storefronts and centralized tools. At its Synergy conference in San Francisco, Citrix rounded out its portfolio with the following: Separately, Citrix also bolstered its cloud portfolio. First, the company acquired Virtual Computer, a startup focused on thin clients. With that announcement, Citrix also launched XenClient Enterprise for its desktop virtualization portfolio. An effort called Project Avalon also was announced. The plan there is to deliver Windows applications as a cloud service.cquired Virtual Computer, a startup focused on thin clients. With that announcement, Citrix also launched XenClient Enterprise for its desktop virtualization portfolio. Citrix also rolled out CloudPlatform, a platform as a service plan built on the company's CloudStack, and the added NetScaler 10 to Amazon Web Services.


News Article | May 9, 2012
Site: gigaom.com

Is it here yet? For the last two, three, or maybe more years, pundits have said that the year of desktop virtualization is right around the corner. And each year, they were wrong. Now, with news of Citrix’ purchase of Virtual Computer and the recent release of an improved VMware View, we’re bound to hear more such talk. Virtual Computer’s NxTop client hypervisor competes with Citrix’ XenDesktop but overlap aside, Gartner analyst Chris Wolf said the deal brings Citrix a “lot of good IP around client hypervisor technology” that should accelerate the Citrix XenClient road map. (Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.) But there’s still room for improvement. Citrix, Wolf added, must do a better job showing prospective users how XenClient can reduce endpoint management cost of ownership rather than create “additive operational costs,”– a common concern, Wolf said. And therein lies the rub. People who expected desktop virtualization and VDI, one of the flavors of desktop virtualization, to save them money were disappointed. For one thing, desktop virtualization often requires server and storage upgrades on the back end. And software vendors soon let it be known that their licensing policies would change to ensure that they get paid for their software, regardless of where it ran. But experts who really dug into the technology have said that the real value of desktop virtualization and VDI is that those technologies can provide more and better features as well as better manageability. IT pros like to manage desktops and patch software from a central server, versus touching each PC. Some of that promise has been attained but often, if a user had a problem with his or her PC, IT ended up having to “blow away” applications and data in order to fix it. Tools like Unidesk, which eases the provisioning and profile management of Citrix or VMware VDI,  ease those headaches.  (Dell now uses Unidesk to manage images, optimize storage and maintain personal settings of its VDI customers.) So, the availability of  better tools will allow IT to centrally manage desktop images while also letting users download and run the applications they need could boost adoption. In addition, the booming BYOD movement, where workers bring their own computing devices to work, will further boost demand for centralized patching, updates and management. Having said all that, will 2012 be the year of desktop virtualization? Gartner’s Wolf isn’t saying that but he does see significant momentum — and significant room to grow.  “The market penetration is roughly 1.5 percent of the total enterprise desktop market. We expect that to grow to 8 percent to 10 percent penetration by 2015,” he said. That may not be a tidal wave, but it’s something.


News Article | May 10, 2012
Site: www.xconomy.com

Virtual Computer was founded in November, 2007 by virtualization and security veterans, Alex Vasilevsky and Dan McCall, who each have over 25 years of industry experience. Together, they have recruited one of the most experienced develop teams in the world to realize their vision of using virtualization technology to reduce the cost of managing corporate PCs while improving reliability, security without sacrificing usability. Get to know our management team


News Article | June 26, 2015
Site: www.techweekeurope.co.uk

Citrix’s Project Avalon will deliver Microsoft Windows desktops and all their related applications as a cloud service Citrix is launching what it calls Project Avalon to take its virtualisation and cloud computing platforms to the next level by delivering a Microsoft Windows desktop and all its related applications as a cloud service. Citrix provided details about Project Avalon along with other new product introductions and upgrades at the Citrix Synergy 2012 conference in San Francisco this week. The company also touted product enhancements that are the fruits of recent acquisitions. Project Avalon is the latest in Citrix’s strategy – as also espoused by multiple technology companies of late – of delivering technology to workers wirelessly, on a wide range of devices, often the employee’s personal devices, across multiple form factors and operating systems. “Project Avalon is all about delivering Windows apps and desktops as a true cloud service,” said Mark Templeton, president and chief executive of Citrix, in a keynote address on 9 May at Citrix Synergy. “It’s about moving you forward into the cloud era.” Citrix XenApps, which delivers applications to thin client endpoints, and XenDesktop, which delivers a worker’s computer desktop through a virtual desktop infrastructure, are “kind of like cloud services”, but they require a lot of time and effort to manage and orchestrate, Templeton said. With Project Avalon, Citrix is going to the next step by offering multisite, multitenant, automation and provisioning for XenApp and XenDesktop in the cloud. Project Avalon improves upon XenApp and XenDesktop in terms of scalability, said John Fanelli, vice president of product marketing for the Enterprise Desktops and Applications Group at Citrix. Citrix has more than 100 customers with more than 10,000 seats each to which the company has to distribute its virtual desktop application. There are also multiple service providers that have to serve up XenDesktop to thousands of customer seats. “When you start to get to that scale, you really want to move from a hypervisor-based environment to a cloud-based environment,” said Fanelli said. A beta version of Avalon will be released sometime in the second half of 2012, said Templeton. Also at Synergy 2012, Citrix introduced Podio, a social media-like collaboration platform that is an adjunct to its GoToMeeting web conferencing application. Podio is a Danish company Citrix acquired in April. While there are a number of platforms for holding meetings online with participants from various locations, Cisco WebEx for instance, Podio is for the collaborative work people do between meetings, Templeton explained. The Podio platform allows participants to share updates on the progress they’ve made on action items from the previous GoToMeeting session. Unique to Podio is an application market where participants can download and customise apps for lead management, client collaboration or product development. “Unlike other social platforms where you sort of yammer about work, this allows you to build apps to get the work done,” Templeton said, taking a shot at rival Yammer, another enterprise social network solution. Finally, Citrix also introduced XenClient Enterprise Edition, which delivers a mobile virtual desktop to corporate laptops. The new version provides more remote management capabilities that Citrix acquired May 9 through its buyout of Virtual Computer, a startup company that developed client-side virtualisation systems. Citrix announced the acquisition at the Synergy conference. Demand for remote management of mobile virtual desktops is driven by the reality of an increasingly mobile workforce. IDC reported in January that the mobile workforce will rise to 1.3 billion by 2015, representing 37.2 percent of the entire workforce. How well do you know your operating systems? Take our quiz.

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