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Rollout: Sentillion vThere Virtualization Suite 2.0

The Upshot


Claim
By putting a virtualized PC in a secure, isolated sandbox environment on a remote user's desktop, Sentillion's vThere 2.0 minimizes security risk and hardware overhead. There's no physical hardware to break, and an instantly replaceable installation of Windows can be customized by administrators, then standardized for all users.
Context
A completely secure virtualized machine on a host computer offers a solution to the problems that ensue if a laptop is stolen. vThere 2.0 secures the virtual desktop so that loss of the physical asset triggers near-instant nullificiation of the virtual installation by network administration.
Credibility
Encrypting the guest client's virtual drive, along with the ability to disable lost or stolen assets makes vThere a secure execution environment. This type of virtualization makes it easy to update applications.

Sentillion vThere Virtualization Suite 2.0

A Sandbox System, running as a guest operating system on a host machine, only goes so far in preventing data losses and security breaches. If the host system is compromised, the guest system is too. Sentillion addresses this problem with vThere Virtualization Suite 2.0, a guest hosting system that allows for remote control, configuration and security management across a VPN or WAN.

The vThere suite has advantages over emulators such as Microsoft's VirtualPC, particularly if a host computer is stolen or lost. While the guest operating system can be denied network access with VirtualPC, its disk images can be mounted on a different system, exposing the data. VMware has the same Achilles' heel. vThere's Player--the emulated PC workstation that resides in a separate space on a host computer--is different: Immediately after a system that's been reported missing logs into the network, network administration disables the image remotely.

New Player

With vThere 2.0, Sentillion dropped VMware's virtualization engine as its end-user component and adopted Parallels' Player instead. The Player resides on the host, but shares only a few hardware resources--namely, a virtual disk drive and network connection. All other elements are emulated.

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