"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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