In September 2008, a new company launched out of stealth mode, bringing with it patent-pending technology and a new client-side, bare-metal virtualization technology. The company is called Virtual Computer, and it recently announced a 2.0 version of its NxTop solution. After 12 months of development and receiving a lot of feedback from its users, NxTop 2.0 provides what the company calls, "a mature platform for organizations evaluating or implementing their next generation desktop initiative."
While server virtualization still receives the lion's share of the conversations taking place in the market, desktop virtualization is slowly becoming more and more popular. IT organizations are hoping to capitalize on similar cost and time-saving benefits at the corporate desktop as they have with their server farms. There is also a growing trend toward letting users buy and bring their own PCs to work. The idea of allowing two machines (a corporate image and a personal image) run side by side, isolated from one another, on the same base hardware is becoming quite popular with users and IT administrators.
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Virtual Computer is addressing this next-generation desktop offering, and it is focused on providing a sophisticated management and deployment system. To do that, its architecture separates the four main components of a PC: the hardware, operating system, end-user data, and the applications. Its NxTop solution consists of two components: NxTop Center, a Web-based management console to manage all aspects of NxTop, and the NxTop Engine, a bare-metal, client-side hypervisor and remote management layer that creates a stateless environment for laptops and desktops.