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VDI Alternatives Prove Effective (migrating to Linux)

Apr 01, 2012, 15:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)

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"ere's the story: Dutch mental health center Riagg Rijnmond was using a Citrix-based virtual desktop system to provide 350 employees with access to Microsoft Office and various other applications, many of which are actually web based. Trouble was, the system was five or six years old and needed to be upgraded. That was going to be expensive, especially when the license costs for Windows Server, client access licenses and all the rest of the required software was factored in.

"The organization decided to switch to an open source-based solution using Xubuntu desktops, OpenOffice productivity software and sever-based computing software called NX Server from Italy-based NoMachine. This enabled Riagg Rijnmond to reduce its desktop budget by two-thirds.

"The interesting thing about this implementation -- which was carried out by NoMachine's Dutch partner, ECsys -- is that it makes use of good old-fashioned server-based computing. For all the talk of VDI heard from desktop virtualization vendors, server-based computing is still alive and well, delivering the benefits of centralized administration and data storage."

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