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Getting Started With Wireless Personal Audio

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Desktop Virtualization Is Coming... But From Who?

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.

For example, ...

Read the rest of Charles' thoughts in the Information Week Open Source blog.

Charles Babcock
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