Persystent lets virtual desktop PC get personal

Persystent Technologies today announced Persystent Virtualization, software that lets users in virtual desktop environments personalize their virtual desktops while complying with an organization's standards for desktop configuration.

'We ease the adoption of going virtual,' said John Boyd, director of support services for Persystent. Organizations often take the virtualization route by using a pool of generic virtual machines. 'If you're a standard corporate user, you're used to personalizing your machine. You might have the latest photo of Fluffy as your background,' he said. If these users are thrown into an environment where they can't do that, there's often user resistance.

Many in government and industry are realizing the value of virtual desktops by housing them on a central server in data centers, Boyd said. The virtualization of the desktop has saved considerable time and money. 'In a large company with a distributed environment, you don't have to send technicians around to visit every desktop,' he said. 'It's all right there in the data center.'

But virtual machines need patches and updates just like regular desktop PCs, Boyd said.

Persystent Virtualization protects and enforces the required configuration of virtual desktops in an organization, Persystent representatives said. The software automatically restores any corrupted operating system, registry, application or setting to ensure compliance with corporate policy guidelines and governance, the company said. It also makes the software patching process easier by capturing the updated image and deploying it to every desktop.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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