I had an entertaining conversation about MojoPac with Ron DiBiase, VP of Sales and Business Development for RingCube, a short while ago. When I was first approached, I was puzzled by their use of the term "desktop virtualization" because it is not at all clear what layer or layers of virtualization technology are being used. After speaking with Ron and his team, what they meant became clear that MojoPac is composed of technology that addresses three different layers of technology found in the Kusnetzky Group model of virtualization technology. (see the post Sorting out the different layers of virtualization.)
How RingCube describes MojoPacThe following snippet comes directly from RingCube's own site:
The MojoPac Enterprise Suite leverages MojoPac’s patent-pending and award-winning virtualization platform to eliminate endpoint data leakage and theft, and ensure that employees have the access and performance they need in a secure computing environment. Because MojoPac is hardware independent, businesses can significantly reduce the time, cost and complexity of supporting their employees – whether they are working on-campus, from a remote office, or telecommuting from home. The MojoPac Enterprise Suite consists of three core products to fit diverse corporate needs: MojoStation, MojoDrive and MojoNet.
- MojoStation is a desktop virtualization product that provides enterprises an effective way to create a secure, managed corporate workspace on an unmanaged desktop. MojoStation enables instant provisioning of a corporate workspace on any desktop or laptop, converting that system into a secure managed PC.
- MojoDrive is a pocket virtualization product that provides a complete secure corporate workspace on a portable drive that can be connected to any desktop or laptop to instantly convert it into a secure corporate PC. MojoDrive provides enterprises a way to achieve an unprecedented level of business continuity on the desktop.
- MojoNet is a network desktop virtualization product that provides enterprises with centralized desktop management and enables real time provisioning of a secure corporate workspace to any remote desktop. MojoNet combines the best of centrally managed desktop virtualization with the performance of distributed computing.
It's clear from their discription that this product both tastes great and is less filling.
Desktop Virtualization and the Kusnetzky Group Model
Desktop virtualization, as described by RingCube, appears to offer features that come from three layers of technology, including application virtualization, processing virtualization and management of virtualized resources.
- Application virtualization - MojoPac offers the capability of encapsulating an application so that it can be installed on a system without interfering with the applications already installed
- Processing virtualization - MojoPac offers capabilities that appear similar to VMware, Xen or Parallels in this area
- Management of virtualized resources - MojoPac offers organizations the ability to control the virtualized environment for applications. The organization must use the traditional tools to manage the applications themselves. This makes it possible for MojoPac to control which virtual environments run, when they must be updated and even can even prevent a virtual environment from running at all.
Snapshot AnalysisAlthough RingCube's MojoPac appears to offer capabilities that would be useful to quite a number of organizations, the company does appear to face some interesting challenges. One of the most important of these is helping IT decision-makers to understand what this technology is and how it differs from competitive offerings. It is clear that some would view RingCube as competing with a rather diverse set of products including:
- Access virtualization from suppliers such as Citrix/XenSource and Microsoft
- Application virtualization products from suppliers such as LANDesk, Thinstall or Endeavors Technologies
- Processing virtualization products from suppliers such as VMware or Citrix/XenSource combined with their remote access products
- Management tools from suppliers such as Embotics, Fortisphere or Kidaro
If the company can make itself known to IT decision-makers and then convince them to make themselves familiar with MojoPac they have a chance to win them over. Getting through all of the noise these suppliers are making will take some creativity and some heavy marketing investments at the very least. I believe that the company is offering a free trial of their technology. I would suggest downloading it and giving it a try.