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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)
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    52%
  • 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)
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    27%
  • Sorry – but it’s useless! I can’t think of any reason to virtualize a desktop. (179 votes)
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    13%
  • No idea! The jury is still out on this one. . . (101 votes)
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    8%

  • 1,339 total votes




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By tastyratz on 9/8/2009 3:44:07 PM , Rating: 2
Personally, I have no experience virtualizing from the end user desktop level.

What kind of overhead does virtualization itself consume? While we use thin clients at work - I am talking from a home user single machine perspective. I like the idea of it for creating multiple environments. I still use this box for multiple things (gaming, general use, etc)
So if you have a virtualized install of an OS... how much overhead do you lose to vmware/etc. vs just booting the os directly? how does it run in real life? lots of cpu cycles/mem consumed?


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