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joreilly925
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11/20/2013 | 11:03:48 AM
Re: Decline of whom?
It would be possible if user space is tightly segregated from kernel space. Unfortunately, today the use of kernel buffers mess that up.
Brian.Dean
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11/20/2013 | 8:33:18 AM
Re: Decline of whom?
Yes that makes perfect sense, maybe in the future when we have next-gen operating systems tailor made for VDI/DaaS then instead of booting up a virtual machine for a user which to the most part is a security measure based on software, we might just have one huge operating system that just boots up user accounts, which again would be a software approach to security.
joreilly925
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11/19/2013 | 3:24:24 PM
Re: Decline of whom?
Reboot is needed between users, to guarantee no data crosses from one user to another.
Brian.Dean
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11/19/2013 | 2:17:39 PM
Re: Decline of whom?
Extremely interesting point, I am not completely sure as to how I should be thinking about VDI and DaaS but definitely one of the two is a big deal as I have since long been pondering the thought that VDI/DaaS has the potential to finish OS piracy around the world, provided that networks improve.

It also makes me wonder why would an OS have to boot up in a DaaS environment, can't it just remain on all the time, or in hibernation, and wouldn't running an OS on a standard server cut down on driver load time etc, maybe these things throw the cost benefits into the red area?  
joreilly925
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11/18/2013 | 11:12:35 AM
Re: Decline of whom?
The PC business has sefveral years of shrinkage now, and is declining worldwide at double digit rates.
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11/18/2013 | 11:11:19 AM
Re: Decline of whom?
There are two issues that block VDI accetance. Both are disk speed related. The most serious is the "boot storm" whrer loading lots of new desktop images at the same time bottlenecks the system and takes far longer than anyone will accept.

This problem is fixed with much faster IO speed, and SSD or flash solves that. I've booted 1000's of desktops in a few minutes using flash accelerators in networked storage and advanced cloning technology to create the clones from scratch very rapidly.

The second problem is the IO rate when operating. A spinning disk does around 150 IOPS, which doesn't go far across 64 virtual machines in a server. SSD gets it up to arouns 50 or 100 IOPS per VM, whether the SSD is local, or as is more usual, in a networked appliance.
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11/18/2013 | 7:56:43 AM
Re: Decline of whom?
I would not say PC industry loosing in front of smartphone market but yes i have to admit that smartphones are growing like virus and Intel cannot afford to decline support for it, as they commited this mistake earlier which rise to ARM.
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11/18/2013 | 7:49:50 AM
Re: Decline of whom?
Interesting that you mention that VDI is (finally) starting to get some traction, Jim. I've been picking up a little buzz about that also. Do you think it's SSD that's causing the tipping point?
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11/17/2013 | 12:17:23 PM
Re: Decline of whom?
Brian, I think themobile market will swallow the desktop. All-in-one tablets, and wireless keyboards etc are pointing to the tablet as the screen on the desktop , with of course the benefit that you can pick it up.

New advances in storage for VDI based on SSD are making that appraoch really viable, too, so I expect the PC as we know it just fade away..over a good few years.
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11/17/2013 | 12:13:22 PM
Re: Intel's course correction
I think this is a response to the ARM approach where the IP is for sale. Intel would like to displace ARM, especially in the coming market for CPU/GPU hybrids. I can see partnerships with NVidia. These could cover HPC number-crunchers and Big Data appliances, as well as a renewed attack in the mobe space.
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