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VMware launches desktop alliance

Initiative will to try to replace individual PCs with virtual machines on a much smaller number of servers.

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and several business partners have begun an initiative called the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Alliance to try to replace individual PCs with virtual machines on a much smaller number of servers. The alliance includes Citrix, ClearCube Technology, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Wyse Technology, Sun Microsystems, Altiris and Softricity.

VMware's virtualization software, like rival technology from Microsoft and Xen, lets a single computer run several operating systems in compartments called virtual machines. VMware argues that running PCs on centralized virtual machines increases efficiency and eases management.