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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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By hardwaremister on 9/8/2009 1:16:15 PM , Rating: 2

It has absolutely nothing to do with DOS or anything like that. Many (modern) enterprise-level apps can't function with different releases of the same tool on the same machine, let alone the same app twice.
As an example you can't have two instances of sqlserver2005 or the 2005&2000 and expect many aspects of the environment to work properly.
The same applies to loads of apps (business objects, etc...).

Anyway, virtualization is a magnificent tool to test environments, create networks and simulate scenarios before deploying anything. It's also very good for consolidating lightweight vm's into a server, but it still has not reached prime time for Datawarehousing, etl and reporting where speed and data volumes are a worry in normal environments. It's just way too slow for disk-bound heavy-duty apps in a production scenario.

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