Consider Both Desktop Virtualization Approaches
Each strategy has distinct strengths and weaknesses. The EMC/Cisco approach should do better with larger companies and/or a large variety of client types, particularly iPads, which must be accounted for. Dell, on the other hand, should be better in the midmarket and in environments that are trying for thin client consistency, particularly around Windows-after all, Dell's Windows 8 skills should be unmatched. However, both are capable of stretching to embrace aspects of the other. Dell could support iPads, and EMC/Cisco should be able to work with traditional PCs.
When you define and a solution and put it out to bid, both choices are worth considering. They are relatively mature yet different enough to showcase your own unique needs and, perhaps, help you focus on what you really need.
In the end, what makes this interesting is the Apple is driving an initiative-desktop virtualization-that it doesn't even provide. There is some irony in that.
Rob Enderle is president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group. Previously, he was the Senior Research Fellow for Forrester Research and the Giga Information Group. Prior to that he worked for IBM and held positions in Internal Audit, Competitive Analysis, Marketing, Finance and Security. Currently, Enderle writes on emerging technology, security and Linux for a variety of publications and appears on national news TV shows that include CNBC, FOX, Bloomberg and NPR.
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