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Microsoft acquires desktop virtualisation firm Kidaro

Microsoft acquires desktop virtualisation firm Kidaro

Microsoft continues to step up its virtualisation push, with the acquisition of desktop virtualisation management software developer Kidaro.

Without disclosing a purchase price or when the deal is expected to close, Microsoft said it plans to acquire Kidaro and integrate its technology into the Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack for Software Assurance.

Kidaro offers management technology aimed at making it easier for enterprises to deploy, use and manage virtual PCs. The platform comprises several components including a client that handles encryption and firewall security and integrates the virtual machine applications into the end-user computer. The management server assigns configurations and security policies for users and compiles information about clients for monitoring and auditing.

Microsoft expects that the software will help accelerate migration to Windows Vista because it can minimise compatibility issues between applications and the OS. In addition, the software makes the use of virtualisation less noticeable to end users, which should also speed adoption, Microsoft said.

Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack for Software Assurance is a package of technologies that enterprises can use to help manage desktops. It includes Application Virtualisation, Asset Inventory Service, Advanced Group Policy Management, Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset and System Centre Desktop Error Monitoring. Microsoft Software Assurance customers will need to subscribe to an add-on service to access the Kidaro capabilities.

Kidaro has offices in California, New York and Israel. In a blog post, Microsoft said Kidaro's three founders will join the company and that it will keep Kidaro's research and development group in Israel.

Microsoft is working to catch up in the virtualisation space. The Kidaro acquisition follows one that Microsoft made earlier this year of Calista Technologies, the developer of graphics technology for people accessing a Windows desktop remotely from a server.


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