VMware buys application-based virtualisation vendor

VMware buys application-based virtualisation vendor

VMware acquired two companies to deliver application-based desktop virtualisation to customers

In a bid to boost its desktop virtualisation portfolio, VMware on Tuesday agreed to acquire application-based virtualisation vendor, Thinstall.

The acquisition will boost VMware's virtualisation technology to deploy, update and manage desktop environments, senior product marketing manager at VMware, Ed Albanese, said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Formed in 1999, Thinstall develops a platform that delivers applications to clients without the need for pre-installed software. Thinstall packages an application and delivers it to a desktop, where an application operates in its own sandbox, overcoming hardware and OS compatibility issues, Albanese said.

It is designed to work with VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), which allows users to access virtual desktops remotely from a traditional PC or thin client.

Thinstall employees will be relocated from San Francisco to VMware's headquarters in Palo Alto, California. The deal is expected to close later this quarter, VMware said in a news release.

VMware will boost the distribution of VDI and Thinstall technology through its acquisition, also announced Tuesday, of the assets of Foedus, a Portsmouth, New Hampshire, provider of virtualisation technologies and services, Albanese said.

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