VMware has acquired three management tools from RTO Software, and will integrate them into its products for desktop and application virtualisation, the company announced last week.
VMware and RTO Software have already had dealings: VMware agreed to integrate RTO Software's Virtual Profiles profile management tool with its VMware View in September last year. However, the RTO's software is "critical enough" that VMware had to buy the company, according to a blog posting by VMware.
Of the three products it has acquired, VMware is most interested in Virtual Profiles, a product that handles access to a user's personal data files, settings and application access in virtualised Windows desktop environments.
Features in Virtual Profiles include Live Sync, which can update profiles in real time when a user is running multiple sessions at the same time. If a user creates a new document in one session it automatically pops up in the other one. Virtual Profiles also allows users to download files to their laptop for offline access, and if a user's network connection is dropped, Virtual Profiles automatically saves any modified user profile data locally, according to RTO.
Virtual profiles speeds up access by downloading only the parts of the profile that are used, and speeds up logoffs by saving changes at once, according to VMware.
VMware has also acquired RTO's PinPoint and Discover, which are used for application performance monitoring and to keep track of what hardware and software is running, respectively. These two products will "influence View going forward", according to VMware.