VMworld: Desktops for $252 per user

VMware is tackling legacy desktop computing environments with a strategy to deliver desktop as a cloud service to enterprises.

VMware is tackling legacy desktop computing environments with a strategy to deliver desktop as a cloud service to enterprises.

"The future of enterprise computing goes way beyond a desktop, a physical platform or a single operating system," said Vittorio Viarengo, vice-president of end-user computing products, VMware.

"Growing user demand for ubiquitous access, coupled with the efficiencies of cloud computing, create an opportunity for a new user-centric computing paradigm. Through the abstraction and control of user data and applications," he said at the company's annual VMworld conference in San Francisco.

The strategy is built on VMware View 4.5, which provides PC-over-IP virtual desktop technology to the enterprise. VMware said View 4.5 enables users to work with their virtual desktops over a Lan or Wan connection.

VMware claims its approach to desktop virtualisation is 60% cheaper than rival architectures. According to VMware, the VMware virtual desktop costs $252 per user.

Scott Davis, CTO, end-user computing, VMware, said, "Instead of storing a virtual desktop as a single object on physical storage, View 4.5's tiered storage capabilities enables the optimal placement of portions of the image based on their own unique operational characteristics and desired SLAs."

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