Intel's concept for intelligent desktop virtualization

Intel's concept for intelligent desktop virtualization

Summary: I had an opportunity to speak with Intel's Lisa Watts, Director of Business Client Solutions, about "Intelligent Desktop Virtualization," a concept the company was pushing.The conversation started with a review of the success of server virtualization, a use of virtual machine software.

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I had an opportunity to speak with Intel's Lisa Watts, Director of Business Client Solutions, about "Intelligent Desktop Virtualization," a concept the company was pushing.

The conversation started with a review of the success of server virtualization, a use of virtual machine software. The conversation then flowed to a discussion of how that has been an important factor to the growth of cloud computing.

The conversation then turned to what was happening for clients.  The same technology has been pressed into service to create an environment spoken of as "desktop virtualization." I pointed out that desktop virtualization was really the use of one or more of the following technologies rather than a single technology: access virtualization, application virtualization and virtual machine technology.

The Intel folks would sum up their concept of intelligent desktop virtualization as using virtualization technology to create an environment that has the following characteristics:

  • Centralized management, but local execution
  • Layered images delivered intelligently (layered images are virtual environments constructed on the fly that include system software, application software, application data, user preferences and user data)
  • Intelligent device management that uses the capabilities available on the machine in the most intelligent way (Graphs would be processed locally, If a system has a high performance graphics system, for example)

Intel then went on to point out how different companies are offering products that the company considers to be examples of their concept. Here's the list of companies mentioned:

  • RES Software
  • Virtual Computer
  • Wanova
  • MokaFive
  • Scense

I found it interesting that I've posted on all of these companies at one time or another.

Do you think this is a new category of technology or merely Intel trying to wrap itself up in what others are doing?

Topics: Hardware, Intel, Virtualization

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Daniel Kusnetzky, a reformed software engineer and product manager, founded Kusnetzky Group LLC in 2006. He's literally written the book on virtualization and often comments on cloud computing, mobility and systems software. In his spare time, he's also the managing partner of Lux Sonus LLC, an investment firm.

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  • Yes

    Yes, if they can figure out how to balance server operations and client operations (such as the graph example), then without a doubt it is a new technology of its own that has the potential to revolutionize just about everything.
    Michael Bethuy
    • RE: Intel's concept for intelligent desktop virtualization

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  • Maybe

    The secret to success will be to deliver high end graphics capabilities (native Nividia driver support, for instance), so this solution can extend to "virtual workstations" that support higher level OpenGL or DirectX applications.
    jaydhilliard
  • RE: Intel's concept for intelligent desktop virtualization

    I think it is a new category and posted a comment explaining my position, but it has not appeared - any reason?
    Swissjim
  • RE: Intel's concept for intelligent desktop virtualization

    This is a new category, especially since various technolgies/companies are providing viable, cost effective alternatives to server hosted desktop virtualization/VDI. At Virtual Computer, our NxTop solution delivers centralized management with local execution, layering (what we call profile management), and intelligent device management. We strongly recommend Intel based platforms since our client hypervisor takes advantage of Intel features for centralized management (especially KVM/AMT for remote support/DR) and greater security on the endpoint (especially AES-NI data encryption and TXT for trusted boot).We also optimize Intel processors so that our solution achieves best performance on Intel machines. For instance, many of our customers load 2 VM's for their end users and achieve near native performance on Intel based platforms. Utilizing Intel for local execution provides the flexibility to run VM's disconnected or online and achieve true centralized management in a totally secure environment. There is a lot more coolness coming soon, so stay tuned.....
    Swissjim