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New VMware virtual desktop software shows improvements

View 4.5, VMware's latest virtual desktop software, will have features that could boost VMware's presence in the desktop virtualization market.

Systems Channel News Roundup for the week of Feb. 15-19, 2010.

VMware virtual desktop software, View 4.5, attracts attention

VMware Inc.'s newest virtual desktop software, View 4.5, will include better management features, higher virtual desktop consolidation ratios and improved integration with ThinApp.

Solutions providers can use ThinApp to run desktop and server applications independently from Windows and other operating systems, which eliminates problems with application conflicts.

View 4.5's ability to virtualize desktop and server enterprise applications is one of the virtual desktop software's most significant improvements, according to View 4.5 is expected to be released later this year.

Novell, Citrix partner on SLES and XenServer

Novell Inc. and Citrix Systems Inc. have partnered to provide joint technical support to customers running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) as a guest operating system on Citrix XenServer.

Novell has certified SLES as the "perfect" guest operating system for XenServer, which means the 4,500-plus Novell Ready certified applications for SLES are now also Citrix Ready.

As part of the agreement, Citrix will also participate in Novell's PlateSpin Recon assessment program, which allows Citrix partners to offer virtualization, server consolidation and cloud computing assessments to their customers, according to

SLES and XenServer are interoperable now, but Citrix partners will have to wait an estimated two months before they can benefit from Novell's PlateSpin Recon Assessment Program.

Virtual Mitel Communications Director now running on VMware vSphere

Mitel has released the Virtual Mitel Communications Director (Virtual MCD) software package, which will run on VMware vSphere.

Virtual MCD is the first real-time voice application designed for vSphere, and solutions providers can now install Mitel's call control software. This improvement means your customers will be able to save money in the data center with the consolidation of voice and non-voice applications.

Voice virtualization also allows your customers to spend less on power and server provisioning costs, while increasing productivity in the data center.

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