The move towards desktop virtualisation is going to bedriven not just by the cost savings its produces but by the compelling greenargument that using lower powered devices creates.
That assessment was made by Frank Coggrave, vice presidentand general manager for EMEA at NComputing, which specialises in low costvirtualisation devices that offer 10 connections from a PC and 30 from alow-end server.
He believes that the shift towards desktop virtualisation ishappening from the grass-roots up with SMEs among the first wave to grasp thebenefits of sharing computing resources.
“These products pay for themselves in 12 to 16 months inenergy savings alone,” he said.
He added that for key verticals including education, healthand retail there was a real attraction with products that not only cost lowerthan a traditional desktop but because they had no hard drive had a reducedsecurity risk.
He added that NComputing was still in the process ofbuilding a channel and was looking for resellers that had a background in thethin client market.
Other players in the virtualisation market, including VMWareand Parallels, have also identified the desktop as the next stage ofdevelopment following their activity at a server level.