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VMware doesn’t have a Client Side Hypervisor solution – so what?

One announcement that is unlikely to be made at VMworld in 2010 is the release of VMware’s Client Hypervisor. While VMware may have got accustomed to dominating the world of server virtualization, its attempts to become the de-facto virtualization vendor on the desktop haven’t  gone quite as well. Despite it being nearly two years since announcing its “vClient initiative“, VMware has yet to announce a delivery date for the proposed client side hypervisor component. Citrix, on the other hand, is proudly touting XenClient. Other vendors, such as VirtualComputer are actively promoting their products.

Its likely Citrix will  have beaten VMware to delivering a Client Hypervisor. While XenClient is currently a Release Candidate version, Citrix announced that the v1.0 will be released with XenDesktop 4 Feature Pack 2 in September 2010.

Is the lack of Client Hypervisor (CHv) a problem for VMware in delivering  a complete desktop solution to customers? Indeed, is the CHv technology viable for business use now? And when (and if) it is a viable technology, where should a CHv be considered in your desktop strategy? What could a Client Hypervisor be used for?

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Centralisation without Virtualization

The centralisation of desktop services can generate cost savings through simplified management and faster, more reliable implementation time. But, the process of centralisation through virtualisation has a number of costs associated with it for example:

  • Hardware costs – storage for maintaining disk images; servers to hold the virtual hosts
  • Hypervisor Management costs – while some hyper-visors, Hyper-V for instance, may well have no license cost they all incur a management and maintenance cost
  • Migration costs – the process of understanding the capacity requirements for migrating desktops to a virtualised environment can itself be costly and time consuming.

The start-up cost can be an inhibitor, especially for SMBs, to generating savings. Can desktop management costs be reduced without VDI?

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