Start-up provides systems management via the cloud

Viewfinity puts systems management, privilege management and user migration capabilities in cloud-based offerings.

Systems management start-up Viewfinity provides systems, privilege and user migration management capabilities via cloud computing.

Systems management start-up Viewfinity this week will announce the availability of its updated suite of management products, which take advantage of desktop virtualization and cloud computing technologies to deliver ease-of-use, low-cost and simplified client and mobile management capabilities. 

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Viewfinity, which also announced it had secured $9 million in a Series B round of funding from Giza Venture Capital, JK&B Capital and Longworth Venture Partners, is making available a set of three product suites covering systems management, privilege management and user migration capabilities. The company, headquartered in Waltham, Mass., first launched product in July 2009 and Viewfinity executives say its technologies enable IT managers to focus on assets and end-users machines without having to worry about managing their infrastructure management technology. 

Using an “application encapsulation” feature the company previously developed, Viewfinity offers systems management capabilities, for one, via a cloud-based technology that monitors laptops, desktops and servers. By encapsulating local applications, settings and data files into a container of sorts, Viewfinity is able to protect the operating system from any changes brought on by the application installation process, the company says.

“Because we work within a Web browser there is no complexity in managing our solution,” says Gil Rapaport, president of Viewfinity. “We see ourselves as complementary to existing systems management products because customers in many cases have been adding our technology to monitor their mobile workforce more easily alongside other systems management products.”

Viewfinity Suite 2.5 includes three buckets of capabilities: systems management, privilege management and user migration. Agent technology is pushed to client devices, such as desktops and laptops, and when the device is connected to the Internet, the Viewfinity platform hosted in the cloud can communicate with the devices. Data is self-contained on the endpoint and the agent puts into effect any corporate policies assigned to that device. For instance, the privilege management capabilities would be able to block access to certain applications if they are not allowed in the corporate network, even when the client device is not connected to that network. And any updates to policies would be added in real time when the device is connected to the Internet.

With no servers to maintain, Viewfinity says it can enable customers to achieve faster problem resolution and deploy systems and migrate users with more accuracy and using fewer resources. Public customers include Lathrop & Gage, LLP, JPMerc & Co. and McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie and Kirkland, PLLC.

“There are two types of companies we are targeting. One is greenfield companies that realize they now need some type of systems management but do not want to invest the time and money required for legacy approaches,” Rapaport says. “And the second targeted customer are those with legacy vendors that are seeing longer term a cloud-based approach will rule.”

Viewfinity Suites 2.5 are available now. Pricing for the various suites in Viewfinity 2.5 are as follows: Systems Management is free for up to 50 PCs, and then $48 per desktop per year; Privilege Management is priced at $28 per desktop annually; and User Migration, which targets moves from Windows XP and Vista to Windows 7, will be offered free during the first quarter of 2010 as a promotion from Viewfinity.

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