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Virtual Computer Unveils NxTop Desktop Virtualization
New Technology Marks the Beginning of the End for Management Agents in Windows

How NxTop Works
NxTop includes the NxTop Engine, a bare-metal PC virtualization platform and NxTop Center, a feature-rich management console used by IT administrators for central management of their NxTop-enabled PCs. NxTop Center allows administrators to create a single master image of their operating system and core applications and publish it to any or all of their end-users. The master image is maintained through a Web console from which IT administrators can install additional applications, patch various components or update policies and then publish just the “deltas” to their users.

NxTop utilizes an innovative mechanism that enables large-scale, system-level patching without disturbing end-user data and settings. The system also integrates with leading application virtualization technologies for independent management of applications residing outside the core image.

NxTop Engine Features

  • Sophisticated control plane handles all aspects of management and execution of end-users’ Windows desktop.
  • Policy enforcement, maintenance and security from outside the Windows operating system.
  • “No-compromise” user experience, including multimedia graphics and audio, high-performance disk and networking, and better system reliability.
  • Support for multiple concurrent virtual machine environments, each with independent policies and settings.
  • Transparent data backup, including consistent and optimized backup for open files such as Outlook data files.
  • Tamper-proof boot, full disk encryption, and preferred architecture for antivirus scanning and root kit detection.
  • True hardware and operating system isolation for enhanced security and optimal performance.

NxTop Center Features

  • Massively scalable through distributed virtual machine execution and module system architecture.
  • Single, integrated-environment for IT with full compatibility with Microsoft virtualization and PC management tools.
  • Single virtual system image for all users with one-to-many provisioning and patching, including version control and the ability to rollback software to any previous version.
  • Granular policy controls for each user’s virtual machine, allowing for remote activation/deactivation, time-based expiration, on-demand remote disablement, and hardware access control (e.g., USB port filtering).
  • Seamless integration with leading application virtualization technologies for application persistence.
  • Stand-alone solution that can be integrated with a broader suite of third-party management tools.

NxTop Usage Scenarios

Unlike existing desktop virtualization solutions, which often focus on task-oriented workers, NxTop can support a wide range of scenarios including:

  • Full support for mobile workers including disconnected operation.
  • Isolating the use of corporate and personal computing environments on single PC.
  • Securely and inexpensively supporting contractors on non-company hardware.
  • Providing a secure, remote-access environment to corporate resources via Web browser or other remote terminal technology.
  • Running concurrent Windows XP and Vista environments for application compatibility and ease-of-migration.

System Requirements
NxTop Center runs on any Windows or Linux Server and can be distributed as a virtual appliance or a stand-alone application. NxTop Engine will manage Windows XP and Vista on business-class machines using Intel’s Virtualization Technology (VT) or Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d).

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