Last week I went down to MokaFive to catch up on their recent product developments. Their client virtualization offering has received another significant boost recently, but we are still left wonder when a major VDI player is going to take advantage of their layering technology.
More outlets for MokaFive Suite
Last April, we wrote about Quest partnering with MokaFive to sell MokaFive Suite as their client virtualization solution. That deal made Quest’s lineup more complete, and brought MokaFive to a wider market.
More recently, VMware ended general availability for ACE, their own client virtualization solution, citing a lack of interest. Support will be discontinued at the end of 2013. VMware is now pointing all if its client virtualization customers in MokaFive’s direction, and MokaFive also responded by offering deals for former VMware customers.
Taken together, those two events are putting a lot of momentum around MokaFive. In addition, MokaFive introduced Mac in Minutes this January. Mac in Minutes isn’t really a new product per se, but rather a repackaging aimed at taking advantage of consumerization and BYOC trends. Mac in Minutes includes their back-end software (which includes all the layering capabilities), a client hypervisor, and even a generic pre-built Windows 7 image, all on a super-tiny form factor USB drive. It seems like it could even be a consumer product—while an IT shop would probably just build its own images, an average consumer Mac user would probably appreciate having the hypervisor and Windows image together and ready to go. MokaFive is also going to be releasing an iPad mobile data management app that plugs in to a user’s virtual desktop files. For a full analysis about Mac in Minutes from the CoIT/BYOD angle, check out this companion article (with video) on ConsumerizeIT.com.
Aside from releasing their baremetal hypervisor product last May, recent releases also include a service provider edition of MokaFive Suite in December.
What happened to MokaFive layers + VDI?
While MokaFive Suite / Mac in Minutes does incorporate layering features, many people are wondering if any big VDI players are going to ever take advantage of the layering features. There’s still no word from Quest about incorporating layering into its VDI products. MokaFive told me that they’ve been running their own tests with VMware View, with good results, but this still means that, other than someone approaching MokaFive directly, there’s no solution out there that blends their layering technology with VDI.
Last April Brian wrote, “Is there an industry need for independent layering?...When can we have it?” Maybe this answers that question? On there other hand, with VMware killing ACE and recommending MokaFive, and Quest out there selling it as well, there’s enough business to worry about for now.
For more on how MokaFive’s layering product works, check out this article from Brian. He had a technical look at everything last April, around the time of the Quest announcement. For a general overview of Mac in Minutes, check out this video, with MokaFive founder and CTO John Whaley. Click on the screenshot to play.