InfoWorld’s Randall Kennedy is out with a review of what are widely considered the two leading desktop virutalization utilities.
Term new to you? Well, Randall notes that desktop virtualization is the deployment of applications and data within discrete VM (Virtual Machine)images that run independently on a host-client system rather than on a centralized server.
After presenting detailed reviews and screen shots of each, Randall gets down to stating his preferences for likely user situations.
“Both Kidaro Managed Workspace and Sentillion vThere offer excellent, base-level management functionality that matches or beats VMware’s ACE offering,” he writes. “Considering Kidaro’s seamless host integration and Trim Transfer technology and Sentillion’s strong VPN support and robust hosting benefits, these solutions more than justify the modest price premium over the generic VMware solution.
“A preference for Kidaro or Sentillion will depend on how your organization’s specific needs match up to their respective value-added propositions,” Randall states.
“If you’re mostly concerned with usability and you need to keep the solution entirely in-house, then Kidaro Managed Workspace is a great choice,” he writes. “On the other hand, if you’re managing a far-flung enterprise and don’t object to a hosted model, Sentillion’s vThere can take much of the stress out of managing a large virtualized user base, and it’s a bit less expensive. In the end, both products are winners, so you really can’t go wrong.”