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What's more economical than a web-based desktop?

Nov 15, 2011, 22:03 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Hess)

[ Thanks to Ken Hess for this link. ]

"You'll still incur every cost associated with desktop computing plus the cost of the virtual desktop infrastructure to host the virtual desktops.

"You can handle the VDI transition in a less expensive way by engaging a VDI provider and using their service. There are a few of them out there now ready to serve you. For a few dollars per month, you can sign up for a virtual desktop. And, it will be your highly regarded full-blown, fat desktop operating system–probably Windows, if I were to guess. But, even if you use Linux, you're still looking at a fat desktop environment with all of the same shortcomings as your current one. It might be virtual but that's the only difference.

"You'll still need to manage any software that the provider doesn't give you. Who manages the patching? Does their patch schedule meet your SLAs to your customers? What about anti-virus software? And, what is the turn-around time for fixes on those leased desktops from the provider?

"Sure, those things can be resolved but what you have to realize is that managing desktops, virtual or physical, and everything that goes with them is difficult and expensive."

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