SOURCE: Wanova

Wanova Distributed Desktop Virtualization

January 25, 2011 07:00 ET

Wanova Ships New Enterprise-Grade Release of Mirage Hybrid Desktop Virtualization Software

Mirage 2.0 Provides Enterprise Scalability, Branch Optimization, and Desktop Support Capabilities

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - January 25, 2011) -  Wanova, Inc., the pioneer of hybrid desktop virtualization, today announced general availability of Wanova Mirage™ 2.0, the new release of the company's flagship hybrid desktop virtualization software platform. Mirage software provides IT with the centralization and management benefits of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) while still providing employees with the flexibility of using an offline laptop. This new release takes the ground-breaking hybrid desktop virtualization concept and makes it enterprise ready by incorporating server clustering, optimized software delivery for branch office environments, and enhanced functionality to aid desktop support and compliance.

Traditional enterprise desktop management requires IT to piece together a myriad of solutions, including provisioning, imaging, software distribution, backup and break-fix. VDI solutions have tried to address many of these problems by centralizing everything in the data center, but this is costly and complicated and does not work for non-tethered mobile users. In contrast, Mirage centralizes the full contents of each desktop in the data center for management and data protection purposes, distributes a copy for local execution at the endpoint for superior user experience, and optimizes data transfer in between. By delivering VDI-like manageability along with the flexibility for laptop users to work offline, Mirage dramatically simplifies distributed and mobile PC management while also enhancing end-user support and desktop continuity. 

"Mirage 2.0 provides one of the most innovative approaches to managing and maintaining both centralized and distributed PCs available on the market today," said Simon Bramfitt, principal analyst at Entelechy Associates. "Building on the company's early product success, Mirage 2.0 offers a flexible, cost-effective and extremely easy-to-deploy desktop virtualization solution that is not restricted by the architectural limitations of traditional VDI."

Wanova Mirage 2.0 is enterprise-ready and offers the following benefits:

Enterprise Scalability
With Mirage 2.0, organizations can easily scale the Mirage server and underlying infrastructure as their needs change. The software supports dynamic server clustering, with each server node supporting 1,500 clients. The complete Mirage deployment can be managed from a single pane of glass and can leverage existing server load-balancing investments. Mirage offers a 'grow as you go' capability for back-end storage where volumes can be provisioned on demand. Finally, a stateless architecture ensures high availability and automated failover for disaster recovery.

Optimized Software Delivery for Branches
Wanova's new Branch Reflector greatly eases software distribution to branch offices, making it possible to efficiently transfer an entire Base Image or software packages and service without requiring a costly or complicated hardware distribution infrastructure. IT can easily designate any PC as a Branch Reflector, enabling the PC to serve images locally to LAN-based peers and further reduce wide area network (WAN) traffic. By adding Branch Reflector to Mirage's previous capability to automate in-place migration from Windows XP to Windows 7, IT organizations can easily upgrade entire branches to Windows 7 with minimal end-user downtime, no local IT staff and no software-distribution hardware. 

Enhanced Desktop Support and Compliance Features
Building on Mirage's existing features that help IT helpdesk organizations quickly address end-user PC problems, Mirage 2.0 allows IT to effectively re-image a PC over the WAN in minutes while preserving end-user data and settings, and adds the option to either preserve or clean user-installed applications. In Mirage 1.5, IT could restore a desktop from a snapshot. In 2.0, IT can now opt to restore just the system files and programs to a last best-known state, while preserving any new data or settings the user has added since that point in time. In addition to this greater flexibility, Mirage 2.0 extends its snapshot history to a year of full desktop snapshots for each endpoint and efficiently stores the snapshots in Mirage's optimized single-instance store. This ensures that a user's desktop can be restored to a desired state or archived for eCompliance purposes. 

"With Mirage 1.5, we introduced a fundamentally easier and cost-effective way for organizations to gain control of their laptops and distributed PCs, without reducing productivity for end users," said Issy Ben-Shaul, Wanova CTO and co-founder. "We've been actively incorporating feedback from our enterprise customers, and Wanova Mirage 2.0 brings the scalability and flexibility that will enable them to take their deployments to the next level."

Availability
Wanova Mirage 2.0 software is available now. A free, five-license trial version of Mirage 2.0 is available for download from Wanova.com (http://info.wanova.com/MirageDowloadRegistration.html).

About Wanova
Wanova, Inc., provides hybrid desktop virtualization software that dramatically simplifies desktop management, end user support, and desktop continuity, especially for distributed and mobile PCs. Wanova Mirage™ software centralizes the full contents of each desktop in the data center for management and data protection purposes, distributes execution to the endpoint for superior user experience, and optimizes data transfer in between. Wanova's unique architecture enables companies to reduce desktop TCO while dramatically improving IT operations and users' productivity. Wanova is privately held and headquartered in San Jose, California, with a development center in Netanya, Israel. For more information, please visit www.wanova.com.

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