Virtualisation special: The latest products for the week commencing April 23, 2008

Virtualisation special: The latest products for the week commencing April 23, 2008

ARN reviews the latest products for the week commencing April 23, 2008

VMware Ace 2.0

VMware ACE 2 Edition aims to address the challenges of deploying, maintaining and controlling complex desktop environments ranging from managed, company owned PCs through to employee owned and third-party PCs. With VMware ACE 2, IT administrators can design and then deploy PC environments to desktops, laptops and portable media devices. Its policy-based management tools allow administrators to configure, control and establish the security parameters for a virtual machine, packaged with all the software needed for a secure desktop deployment. Once deployed, ACE clients can be tracked, modified and deactivated at any time via ACE Management Server. VMware ACE 2 allows users to deploy an ACE virtual machine as an IT managed virtual notebook to remote/home workers, provision tightly controlled desktop images as sandbox environments for third-party users, or run legacy operating systems and applications on an existing PC as users within an organisation are migrated to Vista.

Distributed by: Ingram Micro and itX

RRP: $1074

HP Compaq t5730

This thin client is based on Windows XPe and has desktop-like features, high-end graphics, HP's Secure USB Compartment and HP Quick Release support for business environments requiring a combination of simplicity, flexibility, power and enhanced security. In addition to centralised data storage, the t5730 has controlled user access and supports two-factor authentication. It can be used as a desktop appliance when running Citrix's desktop virtualisation solution, Citrix XenDesktop, and comes with a full license of Altiris Deployment Solution and a free download of HP Client Automation Software. This provides users with their choice of enterprise-level management solutions for large deployments. HP ThinState Tools are included with every HP thin client for users looking for an easy to use deployment tool with basic capabilities. There's also optional integrated WLAN connectivity. HP has also released a t5735 model, which is based on Debian Linux and supports a variety of open source applications.

Distributed by: Ingram Micro, Dicker Data and Avnet

RRP: t5730 - $650; t5735 - $600

Wyse TCX

There are three software solutions available within Wyse's TCX suite. Wyse TCX Multi-display 1.2 is designed to streamline the user experience while working across multiple screens within an ICA/RDP connection. The software is deployed on the server side; a client side component is deployed in the local operating system. TCX Multimedia is a multimedia enabling extension enabling playback capabilities within an ICA or RDP environment. The software redirects the multimedia processing tasks dynamically between the client and server. Wyse's TCX USB Virtualiser software allows users to simply plug in their USB peripheral or USB-based printer, scanner, storage device, Palm, BlackBerry and Pocket PC handheld, and access it through any Citrix XenDesktop or VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) virtualised desktop environment. The enhancement is available for Wyse Thin OS and XP Embedded platforms.

Distributed by: Express Data and itX

RRP: $36.30 for TCX Multimedia and TCX USB Virtualizer; Multi-display 1.2 comes standard with Wyse VL and VLE range

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