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3/12/2014
12:45 PM

Army Expands Virtual Desktop Program

Army's desktop-as-a-service plan gains cred at Pentagon, but lack of funding could delay full implementation.

Photo courtesy of Army Information Technology Agency
Photo courtesy of Army Information Technology Agency

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danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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3/12/2014 | 2:02:24 PM
Necessary
Whether it is in the military or otherwise, virtual desktops are the future. The problem is that we have continued to hear about it, yet nothing has been done. Now, the Army is doing it. That's because they realize the risks of hardware.

It's good to hear that their efforts have been successful, as I expect many organizations to do this in order to save money, be more efficient and secure systems. 
WKash
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WKash,
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3/12/2014 | 3:29:40 PM
Why budgets matter
This story oofers a good example of how a transformational technology move that saves the Army money, makes great management and security sense, can still get caught in limbo because of budget constraints.  It also suggests that while new technologies can deliver significant savings and other improvements, they still require some upfront investment. 
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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3/12/2014 | 7:00:46 PM
Licensing

I have always wondered about licensing for DaaS and never have really found a one answer fits all. I've received many different answers. Do you have to license each virtual desktop with a full windows license?

PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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3/12/2014 | 7:05:28 PM
New Technology

It's always good to see government using technology to save money. So many times I have heard they use old machines and older software. New technology can save you money, as the Army has found out. Hopefully it trickles down to all the other departments and into the civilian world. DaaS has been around but I think licensing issues may have scared people away. i would be curious to know what the Army's price tag was to get this off the ground.

Flor.asesor
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Flor.asesor,
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3/14/2014 | 7:05:08 PM
Re: Licensing
Licensing for Windows(Operating Systems) and other required software applications still apply to virtual desktops.
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