Microsoft To Acquire Desktop Virtualization Vendor Kidaro


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Opening Up Virtualization

Virtualization is the process of abstracting software from the underlying hardware. It allows multiple operating systems to be run on one physical computer, or multiple instances of the same OS to be run on a single box. Virtualization also allows mobility, allowing a remote worker, for example, to keep a virtual copy of his or her OS on a USB drive, which can then be loaded onto another computer.

Microsoft's Vista had previously been open to virtualization only for the Business and Ultimate editions. But earlier this year, the company expanded the list to include Home Basic and Home Premium.

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Microsoft today announced its intent to acquire Kidaro, a Redwood City, CA-based provider of enterprise desktop virtualization software.

"The acquisition of Kidaro is an important component of our virtualization strategy, and it delivers a powerful new tool to help enterprise customers optimize their desktops," said Shanen Boettcher, general manager of Windows product management at Microsoft, in a prepared statement.

Kidaro's desktop virtualization platform currently works with both VMware and Microsoft solutions. The company also offers software like Desktop DR for disaster recovery, "self-cleaning" security package vDNA and Kidaro To-Go, USB-based desktop virtualization.

According to the announcement, Kidaro's technology will be incorporated into Microsoft's Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance.

"Incorporating Kidaro's innovative solutions into the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack further enables virtualization across the enterprise, and is another example of how we are helping customers keep up with the changing needs of their business," Boettcher continued.

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

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