With another bold move and strategic acquisition under way, Microsoft is continuing the aggressive advancement of its virtualization vision.
It wasn't long ago when the company was being accused of moving at a rather slow pace after it had consumed the desktop and server virtualization intellectual property from Connectix Corporation in 2003; and then more of the same seemed to happen after they acquired Softricity's application virtualization in 2006.
But since then, Microsoft has been moving rather aggressively to grab more of the virtualization market share. The latest move has Microsoft buying enterprise desktop virtualization solutions provider Kidaro for an undisclosed amount. Although some market sources are reporting that the acquisition could be somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million. Kidaro entered the virtualization scene about 17 months ago when they gave me an exclusive on their launch right here on the InfoWorld Virtualization Report. At the same time, I was also given the opportunity to speak to the company's founder, Ran Kohavi. And I've been following the company's journey since that time.
Kidaro's Managed Workspace product allows enterprise data and applications to operate wrapped within a transparent virtual machine layer that provides enterprise class management and deployment. Doing so will also breathe new life into Microsoft's Virtual PC product. In April of last year, InfoWorld reviewed the product as Randall Kennedy put it through the InfoWorld Test Center process.
The new technology will give Microsoft an enormous boost on the security side of the equation and will give the company its own offering to compete with VMware's ACE product. When asked about this comparison to ACE, Kidaro CEO Kevin Brown told me that while Kidaro certainly provides an answer to the features of VMware's ACE product, the impact of Kidaro's technology as part of Microsoft has an opportunity to be much broader. And I completely agree.
Andi Mann, Research Director at Enterprise Management Associates told me that he believed this was a great acquisition for Microsoft. Mann said, "Kidaro has a very strong solution for local desktop virtualization, with real benefits in security, manageability, DR, continuity, and migration - strong enough that EMA rated Kidaro as a Rising Star for Desktop Virtualization in our latest EMA All-Stars report."