Software that lets you carry your data, applications and personal desktop around on a USB-attached device is expanding into enterprises.
Startup RingCube Technologies Inc.'s MojoPac software stores a person's computer desktop image on a USB (Universal Serial Bus) drive to plug in and run on any Windows computer. MojoPac Enterprise Suite is set for general availability on Monday.
The software makes it possible for any company's contract workers, telecommuters and traveling employees to store their desktop software applications, files and network access privileges on a remote hard drive, flash drive, or even an iPod, and connect it through the USB port. MojoPac runs virtually as a guest on any Windows XP or Vista PC without affecting the host computer.
RingCube, a 45-person company in Santa Clara, California, is one of just a few companies pursuing this market, although Microsoft Corp. is another.
Citrix Systems Inc. sells a product that lets IT administrators deliver software applications from a data center to mobile workers, as well as change access privileges or provide software upgrades. But Shan Appajodu, founder, president and CEO of RingCube, noted that Citrix requires a network connection to the computer whenever the employee wants to use an application.
The applications, settings and access privileges of MojoPac stay on the portable drive, Appajodu said.
MojoPac Enterprise Edition eliminates the time and expense of configuring every employee's and contractor's computer, said Srihari Kumar, vice president of enterprise business for RingCube. Workers can also get the same configuration on their own home computers.
With the user's virtual desktop stored on the USB drive, the software and data are safe in the event a laptop is stolen or a desktop computer is inaccessible, he said.
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