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Desktop Virtualization: Qumranet, KVM and SolidICE

Desktop virtualization will get too many hides and it might get increasingly difficult to choose the right ones from the right ones, you know what I mean.

Moshe Bar, who helped raise XenSource, wants to do something whacky with SolidICE. Do I again hear that huge sucking noise from IBM towers...they have this thing for Israeli outfits :-)


A startup is looking to tackle desktop virtualization by leveraging an open-source hypervisor and building management tools to help keep track of an entire fleet of PCs.

The company, called Qumranet, is leveraging the virtualization technology found in the open-source KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) hypervisor to create its first commercial product, dubbed Solid ICE (Independent Computing Environment). The new desktop virtualization is available now.

Qumranet, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., has its roots in open-source virtualization. The company’s co-founder, Moshe Bar, helped create XenSource, which uses the Xen hypervisor for its own virtualization products. Citrix Systems bought XenSource in 2007.

The concept of desktop virtualization is gaining some traction as IT administrators look for better ways to both manage a fleet of PCs and ensure that the machines are secure. The technology works by separating the physical PC itself from where the user is accessing the PC. This allows for the keyboard, mouse, video display and other components to be redirected across a network through a desktop remoting protocol.


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