Desktop Virtualisation 2011 Seminar Review

I have attended a fantastic seminar yesterday hosted by TechTarget.com, the leading global technology media company. The seminar title was “Desktop Virtualisation 2011: make the right decisions for your company” and it was really wonderful.

I have gained lots of information and knowledge about desktop virtualization from professional speakers and thought it might be good idea to share the key points with you.

  1. Desktop Virtualization is about delivering desktops as a managed service from the datacentre. Basically, putting the desktop in data centre so they can be easily managed and controlled by IT while giving a flexible access to users so they can log in from anywhere and their desktop will be delivered to them.
  2. Vendors claim that this method reduce cost, however, Brian (the speaker) thinks that it might not, and he argues that desktop virtualization provides more security, control, availability, thus, we should expect to pay more to have these features.
  3.  The best time to do desktop virtualization is when migrating from XP to Windows 7 rather than doing them in separate times.
  4.  Microsoft stated that Windows XP End of Life will 08/04/2014. Companies should start thinking of migrating their XP-based client to Windows 7

Leading virtualization companies who sponsored the event have also presented their products. They have introduced such great ideas regarding reducing cost and increase the availability and manageability.

AppSense: Their idea is to virtualize all user environment including profiles and application and put them in data centre. Once user log on, only necessary service are loaded not all apps, however, when user demand a service or an app, it will be loaded to them from the data centre. This idea will significantly reduce the log on time.

NComputing: They claim that they can cut up-front PC cost by 75%. The idea is that they provide you with so called “L300 Ethernet Virtual Desktop” box, can be connected to one PC and to the network. The box contains a VGA and USB slots to connect monitors and peripheral devices. One PC can serve up to 10 users (I think), everyone with his/her separate keyboard, mouse and monitor while sharing the same resources (PC).

PanoLogic: They virtualize the physical PC and put it in data centre. No desktop are given to the user, only one box called Zero Client box contains VGA and USB slots while all processing are done in data centre.