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5 VDI Alternatives You Can Implement Now

Sep 29, 2011, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kenneth Hess)

[ Thanks to Amy Newman for this link. ]

"1. Wanova: Wanova's VDI alternative might surprise you in its elegant simplicity. With it, you set up a single gold desktop operating system image and image any desktop device with it: Desktop PC or laptop, regardless of make or model. To gather driver sets for diverse computer types, you need only install the Wanova desktop agent software on a system.

"If you don't like cloud-based storage for your desktop image and individual computer backups, use your own data center. Cloud storage isn't required. Wanova's software deduplicates files from all systems connected via agents. You have a single copy of Windows, a single copy of Microsoft Office, a single copy of any software program and a single copy of any shared file. The storage savings alone will pay for the solution, and you'll save yourself the trouble of setting up a VDI environment.

"A single copy of Windows means only one copy of Windows to patch, update and deploy. The same goes for any software program. For example, if you must roll out a new version of Visio, update the single stored copy and any differences in the new copy, and the copy contained on workstations will synchronize without administrative or user intervention. Once you experience Wanova's solution, you might believe that 'Wanova' is Swahili for 'Magic.'"

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