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Hardware Manufacturer to Deliver Virtualized Applications

Created: 10 Sep 2008 • Updated: 29 Jul 2010 • 6 comments
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A well known German computer magazine posted an article on their home page stating that HP, together with a new generation of PC hardware, will deliver a "Virtual-Firefox-Browser". They also refer to Altiris Software Virtualization Solution, although they do not claim that the "sandboxed" Firefox will be virtualized using Altiris software.

Will this be the dawning of the age of Application Virtualization, where computer manufacturers that also sell IT outsourcing bring new value to their customers through amazing techniques like SVS?

Below is a link to the German article. If anybody wishes it, I could translate the main statements to English. Please let me know.

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Jordan's picture

Firefox Virtual browser is indeed virtualized with SVS, which is running in Run Time Mode.

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rpfenninger's picture

That's good news!
This way, SVS reaches the mass market.

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TilakGovind's picture

pls..Translate in English
Cheers Tillu

Cheers Tillu

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ThomasVogel's picture

Here's the translation,
please be aware, that this might differ from the original text. But I did my best to translate...

Please excuse my English :-)

Hewlett-Packard wants to deliver in the month of September the next generation of Office Computers with Intel processors. The Model dc9700 should contain the equally long expected Intel-(vPro-) Chipset Q45 and Intel- Core-2-processors

As a special function HP highlights a "Virtual-Firefox-Browser, which has according to the company been developed together with Mozilla foundation and Symantec. Only a few details about this browser have already been unveiled.
Thw browser is said to run in a virtualized environment, which means in a sandbox and shall be easily resettable to its original state when potential) security problems are encountered.

How the user identifies potential security risks and what software product comes into play (virtualization software) is still unclear.

Symantec however has "Software Virtualization Solution" in their portfolie since they bought Altiris. SVS is capable of separating Windows applications from the (operating) system.
The virtual Firefox would in this case not run in a Linux virtual machine - which would be possible and fit to Intel's vPro vision.

The HP ProtectTools however take advantage of hardware functions, especially of Trusted Platform Module (TPM) that Intel wants to include directly into the Q45 chipset or better the chipset southbridge ICH10D together with a crypto engine (Danbury Technology)

The dc7900 desktop computers are said to work comparatively efficient. The power supplies woud, with an efficiency factor of 87%, even conform to the requirements of the 80 Plus Gold standard.

I hope this can be understood also by native English speakers,


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ThomasVogel's picture

Hi all,

I was just informed by an heise employee, that they DO have an own translation of their articles in English on their own news homepage.
Please find it here

I apologize, that I did not look here, earlier, could have saved me time :-)


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richard_artes's picture

SVS becomes mainstream. Virtualisation is only becoming more popular! I am sure the next version of desktop Windows will have a virtualisation element of some kind.

Shame you did all that work translating. But it was good to read the artical anyway.


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