VMware ACE Takes Virtual Machines Mobile
: "VMware ACE (assured computing environment) administrators can put everything from operating systems, applications and data onto a DVD, which can then be loaded onto a worker's PC, said Michael Mullany, vice president of marketing at VMware.
They also can set policies, via Virtual Rights Management technology, that range from how long the environment will be in effect to who can access what information in the network, Mullany said. In addition, the hardware-agnostic software offers copy-protection controls and automatic encryption, protecting against unauthorized copying of network information.
ACE's isolated computing environments will enable enterprises to give telecommuters and contract workers a way to securely get onto the network without the company having to give them a company computer while at the same time protecting the network from various viruses. Businesses also don't need to build specific hardware images for the computers. Instead, for example, if contractors are hired for 60 days, ACE is loaded onto their computer and administrators can set it to expire after those 60 days. " 10:08:27 PM