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Matt McSpirit on Virtualisation, Management and Core Infrastructure

It's all hotting up with VDI & Hyper-V

It's all hotting up with VDI & Hyper-V

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This is something I'm really excited about - Virtualisation of desktops.  Now, it's not the silver bullet that everyone thinks, and it's important to understand the licensing implications etc, plus I'm always in favour of a TS solution over VDI in terms of return on investment, but that said, there's something cool about virtualisation of your desktops, and some even cooler stuff taking place around the broker, that sits in between the end user's access device, and the virtual desktop in the datacenter; a component that Microsoft doesn't make itself...

Enter our Partners - Partners like Citrix, with the up and coming Citrix XenDesktop platform, but also Quest Software, with their Provision Networks Virtual Access Suite.  I'm excited about both, and I'm keen to get some hands on time with each so I can start talking to our Partners about the opportunities of an integrated solution around VDI and Hyper-V.

There's an interesting article on InformationWeek and don't forget to check out the comments - there's a few Citrix fans (and rightly so) having a few things to say around the Quest offering, and vice versa (again, and rightly so!).  I'm staying impartial, as I haven't used either, and being new to their technologies, ease of administration will obviously come into it.... :-)

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