VMware is planning to release a new virtual desktop service later this year which it is calling PC over IP.
The company already has a virtual PC offering with its View system, which Dell is bundling on certain product lines. But VMware is developing the PC over IP concept because some users need a more high performance service.
Steve Herrod, chief technical officer at VMware, outlined the plans behind the new service in his keynote at VMworld 2009 in San Francisco.
Herrod said that one of the problems with virtual desktops is that they can be too slow to handle high-performance graphics applications, and that the company is working to develop faster links between the user and the datacentre hosting the virtual PC.
Even mobile phones could be used as thin client systems using virtualisation, according to Herrod, which would free up time for IT administrators by simplifying the handling of multiple devices.
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