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Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

So from what Alessandro is saying it currently only works with Linux, I wasn't aware of that limitation but that's OK from an Appliance perspective, but you kind of wonder how hard it might be to replicate that on the Windows side of things?

Certainly this sounds like it can really help VMware distinguish itself from some of the other competitors - but only for the moment as I'm beginning to think that we might see something like an "Arms Race" as all the Virtualization players rush to out do each other in the bells and whistles stakes?

FASTSCALE COMPOSER SUITE

With FastScale® innovation, bloated operating systems and complex software are no longer an IT constraint. Software environments can be streamlined and built automatically, on demand and then provisioned in seconds — all without the need to build and manage golden images. FastScale does the work for you. FastScale Composer™ Suite delivers a new generation of software virtualization and provisioning including:

  • Bare metal provisioning in seconds
  • 99% smaller software environments — automatically
  • Automatic patch & configuration management
  • Easily configurable policies and settings
  • Intuitive & flexible administration

Perhaps it also shows that we are very much in the early days of Virtualization when a firm can develop this from concept to acquisition in just over 18 months?

VMware acquired an application virtualization firm?

virtualization.info has learned from different sources that VMware just acquired an application virtualization vendor.

There is no confirmation at the moment so what follows is pure speculation.

Among the many listed in the Virtualization Industry Radar, one company seems the best candidate for this acquisition: FastScale.

FastScale doesn't provide application virtualization and streaming solutions like Softricity (acquired by Microsoft in 2006), Thinstall, Endeavors Technologies and others, but introduces a new approach: through its Composer, FastScale is able to track down which libraries and OS components an application requires, and assemble them in an autonomous package, freeing the software from the operating system dependency.

Only available for Linux systems at the moment, VMware is adopting the startup's technology since a long time, much earlier than the official launch date in August 2007.

On top of that FastScale Advisory Board includes a VMware veteran, Al Pappas, former CIO, and VMware seems to prefer acquisition of former employees (Akimbi, Determina).

While VMware is not an application virtualization company, FastScale acquisition would fit its strategy, much focus on virtual appliances.

While the idea of a modular data center, through virtual appliances, is interesting and would bring in some notable benefits, it woudl also lead to some major issues. Most of them are related to security and manageability issues.

FastScale capability to deliver incredibly low-footprint virtual machines, tailored around a self-sufficient guest application, would solve part of the security problems, while the just launched Update Manager (integrated into VirtualCenter 2.5) would solve part of the management ones.

This post will be updated as soon as new informations are available (you may want to subscribe virtualization.info Newsletter of RSS feed to receive updates).

virtualization.info: VMware acquired an application virtualization firm?

Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 3:09 PM | Back to top


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