Virtual Computer today at the VMworld 2010 conference launched version 3.0 of its NxTop desktop virtualization environment, which adds the ability touse Type 1 hypervisors with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments, additional hardware platforms and new management features.
By supporting Type 1 hypervisors that run at the processor level, compared to Type 2 hypervisors that run at the operating system level, Virtual Computer is positioning itself for a pending shift in the way desktop virtualization is deployed in the enterprise.
According to Doug Lane, senior director of product marketing, Type 1 hypervisors overcome the performance limitations widely associated with desktop virtualization. That, in turn, allows IT organizations to give workers a rich client experience, while still saving money with desktop virtualization.
New features available in NxTop 3.0 include NxTop Connect, a virtual appliance that links the NxTop environment to existing virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and the ability to allow users to create personal virtual machines to run their own applications in an environment separate from their secure corporate applications.
In addition, Virtual Computer in the release added a remote help-desk capability and the ability to throttle network traffic bandwidth to any given virtual machine.
NxTop 3.0 is also now compatible with any multicore processor from Intel or Advanced Micro Devices that supports Type 1 hypervisors.
Separately, Virtual Computer this week announced an alliance with Quest Software under which NxTop environment can integrated with the vWorkSpace desktop virtualization environment from Quest.