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Virtualization round up: Its desktop this time!

Well the Server market is already in love with VMware. You will have to be downright ignorant if you were not deploying VMware's ESX Server in your Server environment. But hey what about the desktop?

Sure VMware has its VDI. So what is VDI?

VDI is a server-centric computing model that borrows from the traditional thin-client model but is designed to give administrators and end users the best of both worlds: the ability to host and centrally manage desktop virtual machines in the data center while giving end users a full PC desktop experience without limitations.

Again its going to be soon the huge mainframe and users with terminals. No hassles, no complaining, plain work!

Read here what VMware and Linux vendors are doing to combat the Vista's desktop offering.

So much so Shiloh Industries are deploying VDI as we speak!

Shiloh Industries is a full-service manufacturer of engineered steel products that serves the automobile and heavy trucking industry. With more than ten plants in the United States and one in Mexico, Shiloh wanted to consolidate its IT operations into a virtualized infrastructure for more efficient server management and more reliable data protection. The company was relying on direct-attached storage (DAS) to run more than 30 operating systems and applications including quoting, payroll and timekeeping. Shiloh required a new solution to control storage growth, reduce lengthy backup windows, eliminate tape proliferation and consolidate applications. In addition, Shiloh needed to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley data protection and retention requirements.

The need to increase storage capacity and implement a better data protection and DR solution for multiple locations forced Shiloh to migrate to virtual data center operations. The combination of EqualLogic and VMware provided an excellent solution for agile server deployment, high-performance data access and uncompromising reliability. Shiloh deployed two EqualLogic PS200E arrays at the primary data center in Mansfield, Ohio, a PS100E in the Michigan plant and a PS300E at the DR site in Brunswick, Ohio. With VMware, Shiloh is running all applications on 30 virtual servers centrally connected to the EqualLogic SAN.

Indeed DR and Security will be TOP ISSUES should companies start with the desktop virtualization. While Tucci promised that security will be top on the list and said:

“I personally believe that in the next three years, virtually all hardware products will be virtualized. Virtualization is game-changing,” he said. “VMware ... is one of the fastest-growing software companies ever.

I couldn't help smile (and agree) to what Dr. Andrew Tanenbaum said about Hardware.(That it is was nothing but solidified software). Well VMware , their star performer, is smart enough to realize that alliances and collaboration is the way to go.

In other news IBM goes for Server X factor. I'm sure there will be someone who try some other stunt as well. The only ship , I see on a steady course so far is EMC with VMware. It's not on a rampage, its doing exactly what it should be doing:

  • Collaborating
  • Forming strategic alliances
  • Staying open
  • Staying committed
  • Putting the problem (challenge) before anything else (and thus winning the hearts of all customers)
  • Clearly behaving and also deciding the fate of virtualization for the masses (as well as the competitors) like a true market leader.


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