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A Pair Of Virtual Desktops

Attendees were able to size up competitive desktop virtualization solutions being demonstrated by vendors in two adjacent booths. First up: MokaFive is a Silicon Valley startup founded in 2005 with the mission of solving the problem of tethered VDI. Five Stanford graduates came up with a microkernel-based solution that runs a virtualized Linux, Mac OS X or Windows desktop on the client's own hardware inside a version of VMware Player. The virtual client is divided into OS, app and data layers with a central server managing golden OS images and user layers, with deltas exchanged when necessary. Since the client executes locally, there's no need for a tether, yet a lost or stolen system can be remotely wiped.