An executive at Wanova shared how desktop virtualization can be done using Windows Server 2008 R2 over a wide area network, while avoiding much of the usual licensing and storage headaches.

In a phone interview conducted late last week, Barry Phillips, chief marketing officer at the Campbell, Calif.-based Wanova, described a different approach to traditional desktop virtualization and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) architectures. Before joining Wanova, Phillips served as the group vice president and general manager of the Platform Product Group at Citrix, which is a strong Microsoft partner on matters of desktop virtualization.