VMware Acquires Virtual Machine Management Vendor Dunes

The purchase is expected to compliment VMware's Virtual Desktop Manager 2, which launched in beta this week.
VMware on Tuesday said it has acquired Dunes Technologies, a Swiss company that sells software for managing virtual machines running in corporate data centers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

VMware, controlled by data-storage vendor EMC, announced the transaction on the first day of the VMWorld conference in San Francisco. Dunes' automation tools, marketed as an "orchestration platform," coordinate the installation, management and decommissioning of virtual machines.

VMware said Dunes software would complement its own management tools for virtualization environments. Those tools include Virtual Desktop Manager 2, which VMware launched in beta on Monday.

Desktop Manager 2, set for general availability this year, is a component of VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, which enables companies to host individual desktops on virtual machines running in servers, and access to those desktops remotely from a PC or thin client. Desktop Manager provides the software tools needed to manage, secure and scale desktop deployments.

Virtualization of client desktops was a focus of Tuesday's VMWorld keynote by VMware president and chief executive Diane Greene. Virtualization today is mostly used in the data center to consolidate computer servers by running business applications on multiple operating systems on a single machine.

Greene, however, noted that virtualization was also valuable for running desktops on a server, and making them accessible remotely. Such an architecture, Greene argued, makes it easier for IT departments to remove desktops, create new ones, or recover during a disaster. "It becomes a workspace that you can access from anywhere, and access from any form factor," Greene said.

On Monday, VMware also introduced Site Recovery Manager, software for automating disaster recovery. The new product reduces the time in restarting a virtualized environment by eliminating many of the manual steps.

EMC last month spun off 10% of VMware in a stock offering that saw shares rise more than 75%, making it the biggest opening day gain for a stock so far this year.

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