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Thomas Claburn
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2/13/2014 | 8:27:23 PM
Re: VMware Google move
It seems to me that virtualization is the beginning of the end. Once people aren't directly involved with Windows, seeing it only through a virtualized instance, the less affinity they're going to have for it. Microsoft can't afford to be disintermediated that way.
Charlie Babcock
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2/13/2014 | 7:22:40 PM
DaaS Vs. VDI
The difference between virtual desktop infrastructure and desktop as a service is basically the difference between an  enterprise service and a cloud service. You could also say the only difference is scale, but in fact the two will need different mangement and control software. Both operate on similar principles of provisioning end user desktops on central servers and sending the display down the wire (or through the air) to the end user device. VDI is aimed at one enterprise; DaaS is meant to supply many enterprises. VMware is using PCoIP and RDP protocols to move the presentation to the end user. RDP would be what Windows Server uses to serve dumb terminals, just in case some people are starting to think this is rocket science.

 
Michael Endler
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2/13/2014 | 5:24:41 PM
Re: New commercial obsolete
Yeah, Laurie, I wonder how much longer the "worthless without the Internet" stigma will stick. I see more and more articles refuting it, but a lot of people still seem to think Chromebooks turn into paperweights without WiFi. With Microsoft putting some marketing muscle behind anti-Chromebook efforts, the stigma might persist. But the very existence of those marketing spots demonstrates that Chromebooks have made a lot of progress-- enough to influence Microsoft's PR attitude, anyhow. 
Michael Endler
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2/13/2014 | 5:15:35 PM
Re: New commercial obsolete
When I heard about this news, I thought about that commercial too. It's clear Microsoft is concered about Chromebooks eating into the lower end of the market. Apple owns a big, big chunk of the higher end, so that leaves Microsoft and Windows OEMs with an uncomfortable spot in the middle. Google's strategy for negotiating/leveraging the Windows base is getting pretty interesting.
Marilyn Cohodas
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2/13/2014 | 4:59:25 PM
Fat clients
Based on the number of hard drive crashed I've experienced over the years, I'd be willing to chuck my hard drive for a Chromebook. But how reliable is the  virtualized access to files and apps? 
WKash
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2/13/2014 | 4:43:03 PM
Re: VMware Google move
I suspect the main difference between desktop vitualization and desktop as a service has to do with the ability to provision a desktop.  That's one of the services the Department of Homeland Security has made strides trying to create internally for employees, so that they can essentially open an account, secure a virtual desktop and related apps, and have the monthly billing go to the correct accounting line.
Laurianne
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2/13/2014 | 1:10:31 PM
Re: New commercial obsolete
You can do a lot of work even offline on a Chromebook.
Lorna Garey
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2/13/2014 | 12:21:26 PM
New commercial obsolete
I just last night saw a Microsoft commercial where a mom was talking about buying her kids "real" laptops for under $300. "Not like those devices that can't run Office and are useless when offline" (paraphrasing).

Well, so much for that argument. Let's face it, you're dead in the water offline anyway, and if users can easily use familiar Office applications, chalk another one up for Chrome. It's a smart move.

To Laurie's point, any form of VDI is a bridge tech, until we wean off fat client applications. But sometimes, people need bridges.
Laurianne
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2/13/2014 | 11:13:45 AM
VMware Google move
Is desktop-as-a-service somehow a more attractive marketing name than desktop virtualization? I don't think so but clearly these 2 companies did. What would the pros and cons of this offering be in your eyes, readers?


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