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What’s the best use of desktop virtualization?
  • Testing and development. Virtualization lets you create multiple virtual machines on a single piece of hardware, so it’s a perfect environment for experimentation. (700 votes)
  • Deploying thin clients. A single system can host many virtual desktops, which can be more cost effective than dropping a PC on every desk -- and it allows tighter IT controls and/or more flexibility for users. (359 votes)
  • Sorry – but it’s useless! I can’t think of any reason to virtualize a desktop. (179 votes)
  • No idea! The jury is still out on this one. . . (101 votes)

  • 1,339 total votes

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need to be careful...
By dgingeri on 9/7/2009 10:42:18 AM , Rating: 2
I've seen thin clients work on a limited basis, but every time I've seen someone implement them on a wide scale, it has failed miserably due to load on one component or another. In addition, this means a single point of failure for all company systems.

my last company did this right, by creating hundreds of virtual servers for load balancing and failover. I use virtual PC to test out software on a limited basis and to run old software.

There are many good things about it, but be careful and prudent. if you overuse it, you could pay for it.

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