CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Neocleus, the leader in client virtualization, today announced the next release of NeoSphere, its ground-breaking desktop and laptop management platform and another Neocleus product that uses the company's second generation Type 1, bare metal client hypervisor. NeoSphere 2.1 allows IT managers to centrally control multiple operating system (OS) instances that execute locally as virtual machines (VMs) on distributed laptops and desktops. Neocleus is demonstrating NeoSphere 2.1 at the VMworld Conference, August 31 - September 3, in Booth 1527 at the Moscone Center in San Franscico, CA. The product was first announced in April, 2009 and began shipping to customers and partners in May, 2009.
NeoSphere 2.1 enhancements include performance improvements, better support for popular disk encryption, and the introduction of a client GUI. NeoSphere 2.1 offers the broadest hardware support of any client virtualization product in the industry with the ability to support all Intel vPro and AMD VT-D enabled laptops and desktops.
"Securing and managing today's laptops and desktops has become an extremely costly process for IT teams. New threats and the need to support a variety of dynamic use cases is challenging traditional OS platforms and tools," said Bill Corrigan, Neocleus chief strategy and marketing officer. "Neocleus' implementation of industry-leading virtualization technologies, coupled with centralized control and management that integrate with existing PC lifecycle management tools, offers organizations a way to address current client computing demands."
The most prominent use cases customers are addressing with NeoSphere 2.1 include:
* Side by side execution of two separate and isolated OS instances, running locally as virtual machines on a PC. One instance can be a 100 % secure locked-down operating environment containing all the corporate applications, data, network connections, and hardware configurations. The other OS instance can run an "open" image with applications that have a high intrusion threat such as music sharing software, games and social networking websites. With NeoSphere 2.1, IT can be assured that any intrusions or threats that come into the "open" OS instance cannot permeate the "locked-down" OS instance.
* Operating two separate corporate images side by side on the same laptop or desktop; ideal for running two environments on separate, secure networks, managing application migration during mergers and acquisitions, and multi-project initiatives or environments with outsourced workers.
* Running two versions of Microsoft Windows natively on the same machine to allow legacy applications that have not yet been updated to the upcoming Windows 7 to be used, while end users also leverage the benefits of the more current operating environment in a separate VM.
* Creating new efficiencies in desktop and laptop management by delivering a single "golden" image to a variety of different hardware platforms; thus, dramatically reducing the amount of time necessary to prepare and test the corporate OS environment prior to delivering it to end users.
* Granular control of the hardware components on the desktop or laptop, from a centralized, policy-based administration system allowing IT to centrally turn "on" and "off" devices on the target end user machine without ever touching the machine. For instance a doctor's laptop can be centrally configured to allow a patient to read records from their PC but when trying to print the records out to a non hospital printer, those ports have been disabled. The doctor can then toggle to a "personal" environment where IT has allowed the use of a printer, USB ports, copy/paste, etc.