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Old 5th September, 2008, 06:18 PM
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Microsoft, Red Hat, HP, Sun boost desktop virtualization

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Friday, 05 September 2008

Rash of vendor announcements aim to bolster desktop virtualization's standing in corporate IT
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Old 5th September, 2008, 08:34 PM
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OK, I say "uncle." What is desktop virtualization?
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From my point of view, running other operating systems on top of your existing operating system for testing or development purposes.

At the company I work for, we use Virtualbox images, each image is a linux operating system with a given client's software/web applications/site/mail config/groupware apps on it.

So in our office we have Three people using Ubuntu Linux, two using Fedora Linux, two using Windows XP, one using Vista and one using a Mac.

No matter what OS you are using, you simply log into the file server, pull down the latest copy of the client's "dev environment" image, start it up on top of your existing OS, and work on it. When you're done, you shut the image down, and send it back to the file server.

When testing and supporting clients, instead of jumping onto a machine to match the client, we just pop a virtual WinXP Vista or Linux on top of our existing OS to replicate their problem.

That's what desktop virtualization is to us.

Gizmo being a professional programmer uses it for testing his software, he has a series of different development environments and testing environments on his laptop that he can open as needed to work on, each time you open a virtual environment, it is literally as if you are in front of at machine with that operating system.

As in, even though my laptop is Fedora 9, if you popped a Vista instance open, Chrisbard would not be able to tell that it isn't a native Vista unless he tried playing 3D games on it.

At the average user level its still not overly useful but for enthusiasts / IT professionals its very important.

Ever wanted to try out a new OS? Maybe a new flavor of Linux? Instead of installing it you can install it as a virtualized OS, and while its open its as if its really installed in every sense except 3D graphics.

At the server level its a bit different, it lets us create specific environments for clients based on their hardware software and package specific needs. Very very powerful technology and it sells extremely well.
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