The history behind Wanova and what is now VMware Mirage

Posted by on January 30, 2013 in VMware | 0 comments

By now you are probably familiar that VMware purchased a company called Wanova back in 2012. This was announced on May 22, 2012.

Who was Wanova?

Wanova was founded in January 2008 by Ilan Kessler and Issy Ben-Shaul, who were previous co-founders of Actona Technologies. In 2004 Cisco acquired Actona Technologies which became the foundation for what we now know as Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS). Their background in optimizing WAN communications was incorporated in what became Mirage.

The estimated purchase price that VMware paid for Wanova was in the $70-80 Million range. Prior to the purchase Wanova had raised $23 Million in capital since it was started in early 2008.

While at heart Mirage is a centralized management tool for physical desktops. The application continues to add functionality, but for it to add real value the founders wanted to make sure that it functioned well in a distributed model. It had to be efficient in communicating with end points in remote offices.

To learn more about VMware Mirage check out my index of Mirage related posts.



About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design



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