VMware released on Tuesday open-sourced virtualization software for desktops in a bid to encourage the business use of stripped-down computers and mobile computing devices.
VMware View Open Client “enables IT organizations to safely host user desktops in the datacenter, while letting users access their personalized desktop environment from almost any device at any time – all at a lower cost,” according to the company.
Because the product is open-source, hardware designers can optimize the code for their particular products. And as long as workers have network connections, they can reach their business desktops using low-cost, low-powered computers or mobile devices.
These thin clients will account for about 40 percent of devices linking to virtualized desktops, says Gartner.