Wanova Opens Beta Program for Latest Version of Wanova Mirage Desktop Virtualization Software1
Wanova, Inc., has opened a beta program for the latest version of Wanova Mirage™ desktop virtualization software, designed to help IT organizations better manage, support and protect remote and mobile PCs. Wanova announced the general availability of Mirage 1.3 on March 16. Wanova Mirage 1.5 expands Wanova’s comprehensive desktop management solution to include endpoints running Windows 7, as well as Windows XP. Wanova Mirage 1.5 also includes new features that enhance storage efficiency and provide IT managers with better visibility into their distributed desktop infrastructure.
According to a report by Janco Associates Inc., Windows 7 reached 14.6 percent of the business OS market by April 2010. Meanwhile, organizations still maintain a large percentage of Windows XP endpoints as they plan their migration strategy. Wanova Mirage can now be used to manage endpoints before, during and after this migration.
Wanova Mirage software centralizes the entire desktop contents in the data center for management and protection purposes, while distributing the execution of desktop workloads to endpoint caches for performance and superior user experience. Wanova Mirage software is unique in that it is optimized for remote and mobile PCs, allowing end users to work offline and install applications while efficiently maintaining synchronization with the data center. Administrators can manage, patch and enforce a single base image, yet retain the personalization at each endpoint. Mirage works without requiring a client hypervisor, making the solution easy to deploy and ensuring a fully managed endpoint.
In addition to support for Windows 7 computers, new features in version 1.5 include:
- Enhanced Single Instance Store: Wanova Mirage leverages a global single instance store shared by all endpoints, which ensures that each file, application or OS instance is only written once to storage. Version 1.5 includes significant enhancements that will further reduce storage capacity and throughput requirements, introducing a new level of cost savings for centralized data protection.
- Compliance Meter: The Mirage Management Console provides a powerful dashboard that helps IT administrators quickly gauge the health of their desktop environment. Version 1.5 adds a widget to the dashboard that represents, as a percentage, the deviation of all managed endpoints from their IT-approved Base Image. Based on this information, administrators can easily and quickly enforce the Base Image for one or many endpoints to bring them back into compliance.
- Dynamic Collections: Administrators can create criteria-based groupings or "collections" of endpoints to simplify management. For example, a collection could be created for a certain hardware type, or to identify endpoints where compliance with the Base Image has dropped below a certain threshold. New endpoints will automatically be added to the appropriate collection.
"Windows 7 support is one of many technical milestones on our product roadmap," said Issy Ben-Shaul, CTO and co-founder of Wanova. "Migration from Windows XP continues to be a huge headache for IT, and our solution not only eases the management and support challenges, but will incorporate tools to facilitate a smooth transition."
About the Wanova Mirage 1.5 beta program
Attendees of Citrix Synergy can see a demonstration of Mirage 1.5 live at Wanova’s booth (622), or register for a full demonstration via a webinar on May 21 here, http://wanova.com/pages/wanova-webinar-registration.html?page_id=612. IT managers interested in participating in the beta program can find additional information and register at http://wanova.com/pages/wanova-news.html?view=page&page_id=615.