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Martin Ingram

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In the beginning was the PC and, while it was always a difficult platform to manage, let’s not forget what was good about it. PCs put computing in the hands of users and gave them great flexibility in how they worked and what they could do. It is certain that we would not have got to the interactive immersive environments we now take for granted if we had stuck to mini and mainframe computers. For a start the PC spurred the massive software industry we know today by creating a market for every kind of application. But there is no getting away from the fact that PC’s are a challenge to manage in large numbers. At the root of the problem is the fact they were originally intended to be bought by individuals and used as personal devices. Consequently management has always been an afterthought and has lead to us implementing a range of band-aid solutions to get control. W... (more)

What Does 2010 Hold for Desktop Virtualization?

Desktop Virtualization on Ulitzer At the end of last year I made some predictions for how I think desktop virtualization will develop in 2010. People who have listened to Brian Madden TV's prediction show will have heard references to some of them and I think the time is right to share the whole list with our broader readership. I am interested in your thoughts too, feel free to comment whether you agree or disagree. 1. The proof year for hosted virtual desktops From talking to our numerous customers and partners around the world, we see there is now general acceptance that the ... (more)

Windows 7 Drives Desktop Virtualization

Several key events are occuring at the same time and will drive the adoption of desktop virtualization as Windows 7 rolls out. Following a major gathering like VMworld it is little surprise that a number of people come away with a similar take on a key area. The adoption of desktop virtualization to support Windows 7 roll outs is just such an area. I recorded a video interview on this last week and this week I have seen articles by Bernd Harzog and Jon Wallace both commenting on the same underlying point. http://www.virtualizationpractice.com/blog/?p=1316 http://www.insidetheregi... (more)

Accelerating the Move to Cloud-Based Client Computing

For a long time we have known that corporate use of PCs is inefficient and overly expensive: analysts estimate that a typical PC costs around three times as much as its purchase price to manage over the PC's lifetime. But, until recently, there has been little that organizations could do to change the situation while still delivering acceptable service. Virtualization has changed this in a number of important ways: the physical PC need no longer be the key delivery mechanism and, hence, images can be hosted pretty much anywhere. Essentially, we can host copies of a client operati... (more)

Welcome to the VDI Blog

The term 'VDI' has been in circulation since around 2005 and has been used to describe a large number of different technologies and ways of delivering client desktops. That variety has led to considerable confusion about what is necessary to deliver an economic, scalable solution. Hence this blog, which will look to: Discuss the architectures of desktop virtualization Look at the opportunities and challenges of the technology Show where product releases contribute to desktop virtualization In short we will be showing the way to sucessful desktop virtualization implementation and... (more)