eWEEK Labs' look at virtual desktop infrastructure finds benefits, including cost and "green" savings, that should cause enterprise IT managers to take notice.
Desktop virtualization is beginning to draw interest from enterprise IT
managers, who don't have to look far to see the benefits that can be derived
from the technology.
The big brother of VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure), server
virtualization, has set off a veritable gold rush of IT projects that are
paying off with drastically reduced hardware budgets, slashed deployment times
and flattening utility charges.
The bottom line is that VDI appears set to break out of "bleeding
edge," ready to move on to "leading edge." In addition, the
cycle time to "state of the art" will likely be quite compressed
given both the advances being made by the vendors and the interest on the part
of desktop managers who are looking for technologies that will reduce
operational costs, extend equipment life, centralize management and provide
productivity improvement to end users.
Organizations that have large fleets of PCs that are used to run only
routine Office applications, an e-mail client and a Web browser are about to
come under intense pressure to provide these resources even more cheaply.
eWEEK Labs finds Sun's VirtualBox a solid alternative to VMware.
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VDI is getting set to mow down those who continue to locally station
full-power PCs for routine office workers.
Although still quite new-and with many kinks yet to be worked out, not the
least of which are complex and costly licensing schemes-VDI should be near the
top of the strategic projects list even for "knowledge workers" who
may use applications and peripheral hardware that can stymie the first- and
second-generation VDI products currently available.
In addition, when the potential for "green savings" of VDI is
added in, VDI becomes even more interesting. For example, data centers can
"green" desktops by centralizing these desktop workloads in a data
center where CPU cycles can just as easily be doled out to virtualized servers
to process batch jobs when not needed for end users. At the very least, idled
virtual desktops can be easily shut down in an automated fashion.