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The IT sector is at once innovative and cyclical, throwing up new technologies that are updated variations on hoary old ones. Virtualisation is a good example. Server virtualisation has taken the industry by storm in recent years but IBM was already doing this with its mainframe platform in the 1960s. Similarly, in the early …

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Windows only...

There are so many other options - but they all involve linux somewhere - which for a MS shop is a no-no.

Of course, linux is OAK on thier servers :-)

Jacqui

p.s. My desktop some 10+ years ago consisted of a IBM Power PC, a Sun3 and a SunServer. My main desktop was distributed across the three machines with dev applications and email etc runnning on the SunServer. The Sun3 provided the screen and the IBM provides the desktop manager.

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I agree - this just seems to be a pro-MS fluff piece, explaining how W2k8 can satisfy all of a company's virtualisation needs. An opportunity missed to compare features/costs against VMWare, Citrix, and various other options.

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Well done...

You managed to get through the whole article without once mentioning Citrix.

Was it sponsored by Microsoft, or just hideously biased?

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Err...

...isn't option 2 what *nix has been doing for decades?

Isn't having an OS (and related technologies) that is built from the ground-up the whole *nix paradigm?

How did you manage to write this whole article without mentioning that Windows is still trying to play catch-up in the multi-user environment and to have a hope of getting it work properly one still requires pretty beefy clients and third-arty software (e.g. Citrix).

Hell, drop the *nix back-end properly virutalised into a data centre and call it all "Cloud". Now you're computing like it's 1979 baby.

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Thanks for the feedback fellows. It was commissioned and designed as a Microsoft and Windows-centric piece, so I wasn't aiming to look at *nix.

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So...

...it was (sort of) a puff piece then?

To ignore *nix and the fact that it has been doing exactly this for decades is short-sighted IMHO. I will agree that there is not always a *nix analogue for a Windows app, but if custom apps are being written/provided (or an acceptable analogue exists), then the ability of X-Server to blast them over the network to *very* thin clients cannot be ignored.

I will agree totally that this is not the answer in every case, but then neither is a desktop running Windows to merely fake being a dumb terminal.

I look forward to your reports (in the interest of balance) of alternative to the MS paradigm and then the pros and cons of each. :)

[Props for having the balls to reply too]

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Yeah...

...I think I can do that :-) Thanks BY.

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