Desktop and mobile PCs are slated to be outfitted later this year with a
new kind of remote PC support that’s always available.
Built on Phoenix Techologies’ HyperSpace platform, the PC management
solution is designed to let IT and tech support personnel address problems
even while the PC is operating and users are running productivity apps.
“You can access, tune and maintain the machine remotely while it’s being
used,” Phoenix CEO Woody Hobbs told InternetNews.com. “This is like
full remote management as if the tech is looking over your shoulder.”
Phoenix said its HyperSpace platform
hosts instant-on applications before, during and after Windows boots up and
shuts down. HyperSpace runs independent of Windows or other operating
system, so it’s available to remote tech support even if Windows crashes.
HyperSpace is driven by “HyperCore,” Phoenix’s virtualization platform
that lets an independent, Linux-based operating system run alongside Windows.
Hobbs said users should not expect any noticeable performance hit while
Brian Gammage, a research fellow in client computing at Gartner, said
developments like HyperSpace are the beginning of a new wave of software
“By adopting an appliance approach, individual functions, such
as firewalls, asset management, TV recorders or media players, will be
delivered as separate modules that run alongside, rather than on top of, the
standard PC OS,” said Gammage in a statement. “Software appliances will
become a major PC development platform, rivaling OS integration as a major
focus of PC industry R&D efforts for targeted security and management