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Companies whose staffers work from tablets and smartphones don't have to buy Microsoft's Surface tablets or Windows Phones to enable them to use the firm's Windows applications. Businesses can instead slice up a bunch of servers into virtual PCs and stream them out to workers' fondleslabs or smartphones using either VMware View …

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Virtual Desktops as an Appliance?

The idea is right. Build a stack of servers and storage to deliver virtual desktops.But the idea of anyone deploying VDI is to save money, and a blade-rack architecture isn't the cheapest way to do that. It isn't even the most efficient architecture.

Use ordinary 1U or 2U servers. They are much cheaper, and will run the same code.

As for storage, expensive arrays sound good, but why not consider a Ceph structure using a few COTS head nodes and some inexpensive JBODs. Oh, and add in some SSD as caches!

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Re: Virtual Desktops as an Appliance?

"the idea of anyone deploying VDI is to save money"

But, it isn't. In the long run, one hopes that it can be, but I wouldn't use it as a sales pitch. VDI has been sold using the same metrics as server virtualization, which has led to the TCO crowd calling foul against team-ROI.

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