Virtualization Coming to a Desktop Near You
Desktop virtualization, in which a number of PCs can work off one computer box, thus saving substantial power and cost, is a fast-growing sector of the virtualization picture. Desktop virtualization is designed to give administrators and end users the best of both worlds: the ability to host and centrally manage desktop virtual machines in the data center while giving end users a full PC desktop experience. Using desktop virtualization, dozens or even hundreds of workstations can run off of a few computer boxes. Because of the economy of scale, this is particularly useful in budget-strapped school districts, which are starting to discover the value in virtualized desktops. eWeek Senior Writer and Storage Station blogger Chris Preimesberger reports.