Silicon Valley company launches product to run PC as easy as copy-and-paste

09:27, December 17, 2010      

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VMLite, a Silicon Valley virtualization start-up company, on Thursday released a software product that enables users to run personal computer (PC) operating systems as easy as copy and paste files.

The new product, named VBoot, could help people get rid of the unhappy experiences to re-install and re-configure their computers when the system crash or are infected by virus, a process usually painful and time consuming.

"VBoot turns the whole system, Linux or Windows, on your PC into a single file, you just copy and paste the file to any external or internal storage, even a USB thumb drive, once you boot the file from the storage, you get the exact same system with all your original setup running on any PC with x86 CPU architecture," Dr. Huihong Luo, VMLite's founder, told Xinhua.

"You can fit as many PC systems as a portable drive takes, then you can run every single one of your own systems at whatever PC you find," Luo added.

The key technology behind VBoot is called native boot, a virtualization method. Once native boot is implemented, a virtual disk image file containing operating system can run as a native operating system installed on the physical hardware without host operating system.

In addition, native boot also provides other benefits of quick and easy backup and protection, high portability, and the ability to run system without the hassles of installation and configuration that a native system is lack of.

Some laptops provide a recovery image file on its hidden portion of hard drive. If the system crashes, one can activate the recovery image file, re-install the file to factory specs, but it usually takes about one to two hours.

"With VBoot, one can skip the re-installation and re- configuration steps, just go ahead to launch a previous good state, then get a healthy working laptop as easy as to reboot the laptop, " Luo said.

Also, a user can set a recovery point with the VBoot's one- click snapshot function in a couple seconds. In case of system crashes or being infected by virus, a user can go right back to the recovery point after a simple reboot, Luo explained.

To enable native boot on PC hardware has long been a huge challenge, and it is the first time that native boot is enabled " coming along in cross-platform file system and machine virtualization," Luo said.

"In this way, operating systems are truly manageable, as simple as files. Deployment of pre-built, pre-configured system through native boot on PC or even portable device becomes reality," he noted.

Luo believes that as the market for mobile devices such as tablet PC and cellular phone going strongly in the next couple of years, VBoot may help change the way of software deployment to consumers.

"Our technology goes beyond virtual appliance. It is a real appliance, in a sense that it boots physical computer." Luo emphasized.

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