Chapter 1. The New End User Model

The Evolution of the End User

VMware’s product line has rapidly evolved to become a more complete end user suite. VMware acquired Wanova and their flagship product Mirage. The founders of Wanova had extensive experience in Wide Area Networking (WAN) and had already developed and sold a WAN services company, Actona that was acquired by CISCO. The experience in WAN optimization was the basis of the company name Wanova.

Mirage was designed to centralize and optimize desktops by providing layered image management over both LAN and WAN links. End points are synched to a centralized Virtual Desktop (CVD) in the datacenter. The CVD is built using OS and application layers as well as a driver library that can be managed ...

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