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OnLive taps cloud gaming tech for business use, again

On Thursday, OnLive launched CloudLift Enterprise, the company's second attempt to adapt its cloud gaming services to the business space.

Until now, OnLive has been the flag-bearer for cloud gaming, which uses low-latency connections between a thin client app on a PC or mobile device and a back-end server. Its CloudLift technology takes games that users have bought on Valve Software's Steam service, or via OnLive, and accelerates them using its own high-end gaming machines.

Now, the company has adapted that technology for business use. Working from the argument that PC games are about the most graphics-intensive application a user can buy, OnLive's CloudLift Enterprise service takes the same approach to "graphics-intensive applications" like CAD programs, medical imaging software, and more.

“Enterprises have told us that it is frustrating to build and deliver high-end applications for thin clients and remote devices given their hardware constraints," Mark Jung, executive chairman of OnLive, in a statement. "They want to provide spectacular real-time graphics, and responsive, fluid experiences regardless of the devices their audience chooses to use."

The OnLive CloudLift Enterprise service can run on an on-premise service or as a hosted and managed program within OnLive's data centers. Pricing was not disclosed. OnLive has already proven out its streaming technology over Wi-Fi and 3G, and onto Android and iOS mobile apps. The enterprise solution can tap into all of these capabilities.

OnLive, which re-emerged from a disastrous bankruptcy agreement in 2012, has tried to offer a business solution before with OnLive Desktop, which offered a virtualized Windows 7 desktop and Microsoft Office access. OnLive Desktop is still around and kicking, although executives have said previously that they plan to rework the experience.

OnLive's debut of OnLive Desktop prompted a sarcastic welcome from Citrix two years ago, as that company and others have offered virtualized thin clients for years. More recently, Nvidia and VMware began offering a remote virtual desktop for business use. OnLive clearly hopes to break into a market it has already invested in heavily, but never really addressed. 

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