5 VDI Alternatives You Can Implement Now
Sep 29, 2011, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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