Virtualizing the desktop represents an even larger opportunity than virtualizing servers, but it may take someone other than a brainy, high level virtualization company to capitalize on it.
Did you assume I was referring to VMware? Well, you might be right.
Virtualizing desktops is fundamentally different from server virtualization. With the latter, data center cost savings and ease of management are paramount. With desktop virtualization, the same savings materialize. But before you can realize the savings, you have to do things in a way that both pleases and serves the interest of end users, and that's a different kettle of fish from advanced computer science.
VMware is on track to become a $1 billion company later this year, mainly on the strength of server virtualization in the enterprise. It also offers ACE as a means of virtualizing desktops. There's nothing wrong with ACE, a product set that sends virtual desktops down the wire from a central server and runs them in VMware Workstation on individual PCs or laptops.
But there's about a dozen ways of doing desktop virtualization and I'm not convinced VMware is the master of this space. Also, the price per unit is going to have to come down and will count more heavily on this side of the virtualization divide than on the server side.
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Virtualization At The Desktop?
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No Go on iPhone Deal, Says Orange France
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More People Using Mobile Google Services
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When Online Becomes Offline
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How to Succeed with Offshore Software Testing When Almost Everyone Else Fails Offshore software testing projects fail at a greater rate than most other types of offshore projects. Most of the research into this problem points to very generic reasons. This paper identifies why offshore software testing projects fail, quantifies the impact of a failure and gives a list of actions that can prevent failure from happening.
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