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Virtualization from MokaFive Gives Users Best of Both Worlds

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October 17, 2011

Virtualization from MokaFive Gives Users Best of Both Worlds

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

MokaFive gives users the best of both worlds with its innovative approach to virtualization. It lets the user create a virtual desktop.

“It’s a bubble around everything that’s important,” Purnima Padmanabhan, vice president of Products and Marketing at MokaFive, told TMC CEO Rich Tehrani (News - Alert) during a recent interview in San Jose, Calif. “Your data, your apps – and we put a wrapper around it and we say – you just manage it. And then display it on whatever device you choose… either a Mac or a PC.”

Padmanabhan is in charge of marketing, product management and user experience functions at the company. She is very familiar with the sector, having worked at other technology companies before MokaFive, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University and a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California.

She confirms there are other companies in the industry who offer virtual desktops but they put it on a server in a data center in the cloud. That approach is marked by some “fundamental flaws,” she adds.

MokaFive provides virtualization but instead of putting it in the cloud, they brought it down to the endpoint, and let it sit on a laptop, desktop, Mac or PC.

“It is centrally managed but locally executed,” she explains. Their approach means lower prices, security, more freedom for the user, and offers the users the “best of both worlds,” she said – whether users are at an office, on the road or working from home.

“Let’s control and manage in the cloud but let’s execute locally right near the user so that they have the high performance [and] rich experience…” Padmanabhan said.

MokaFive’s technology provides users new advances in virtualization, cloud storage, flash memory and CPU power, the company explains on its website.

MokaFive was started in 2005. It was founded by a team of Stanford University researchers. Investors include Khosla Ventures and Highland Capital Partners (News - Alert).

“We have a big vision to fundamentally transform end-user computing in a way that makes it very easy for the business to secure and manage it but it frees the user to be productive, where they want, when they want…” Padmanabhan said.

In a related matter, MokaFive will be taking part at the CAMP IT Desktop Virtualization Conference on Oct. 19 to be held in the Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

Ed Silverstein is a TMCnet contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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