30 "computers" to install, what would you go for
Just an interesting straw poll... we've got a few extra rooms being refurbed over the next few months and probably PCs to go in there. Based on what's out there at the moment, cost, user experience (vital that it's completely standard) and green-ness would you go for...
- standard PCs, looking for low power consumption models
- nComputing-esque solution (but licensing issues?)
- thin clients (out the window almost straight away due to multimedia issues)
- something else?
All our fleet are standard desktops running a neat and tidy Windows XP install, GPOs and mandatory profiles so everything is completely identical across the board. Multimedia is fine, DVD writers available for multimedia couses (adult ed so no need to worry about vandalism!) etc.
I still have the gut instinct that the other solutions to standard Windows boxes either need too much investment upfront or don't meet the user experience as well as a desktop would. We won't be changing wholesale to any new solutions until something really rock solid and proven is out there but would be good to save on power etc in the meantime. Your thoughts?