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    Anyone using virtual desktops

    Hi all, is anyone using virtual desktops if so what software platform did you go for, and many current desktops are in use against servers?

    I been asked to look in to the possibility of movinf some or all users over to virtual desktops, with the aim of reducing cost, setup, deployments etc..

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    Yes we started using Wyse WSM for some months now. we run 2 physical servers that can support 140 workstations (if 2 both servers keep running). but for redundancy we have 70 now. Untill now we have good experience with this solution. Its great for educational purposes.

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    What's the cost of a wyse terminal as opposed to a PC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kili View Post
    What's the cost of a wyse terminal as opposed to a PC?
    You're looking at anywhere between £300 and £1200 for a Wyse thin client. Bear in mind that they use a lot less electricity than a full fat PC. eg. 14.1W for an average device, it adds up to a lot of cash savings that way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    You're looking at anywhere between £300 and £1200 for a Wyse thin client. Bear in mind that they use a lot less electricity than a full fat PC. eg. 14.1W for an average device, it adds up to a lot of cash savings that way...
    Crikey you will scare them off!!
    You can get them from as little as£180 for good HDX compatibility as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by CC1010 View Post
    Crikey you will scare them off!!
    You can get them from as little as£180 for good HDX compatibility as well
    For Wyse??

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    Wyse would be the people of choice if we went thin client. Saw what they can do, and I was rather impressed by it, but the cost was the deciding factor that we could not go for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    For Wyse??
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    No - but if youre a school, why are you looking at Wyse anyway?

    You need to be more cost effective and there are so many other manufacturers that specialise in Schools at a lower price point.
    10zig, DevonIT.

    Fantastic units.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CC1010 View Post
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    No - but if youre a school, why are you looking at Wyse anyway?

    You need to be more cost effective and there are so many other manufacturers that specialise in Schools at a lower price point.
    10zig, DevonIT.

    Fantastic units.
    The question posed was 'What's the cost of a wyse terminal as opposed to a PC?'. Not 'what's the price of a thin client device as opposed to a PC?'...

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    How are people finding video performance on their virtual desktops? Has anyone tried Xen, KVM or any other free / open source virtualisation solution for desktop virtualisation? As far as I can make out, what paid-for solutions offer over the free ones are:

    - Support for hardware graphics acceleration / client-side usage of graphics hardware
    - Memory over-commit (or similar techniques) that allow you to squeeze more VMs on to a server, making better use of RAM
    - Template-based / read-only VM images (which I consider unimportant as deployment of desktop OSes, virtual or physical, is a solved problem and disk storage is cheap)

    Is that correct - are the above features only available in paid-for VM solutions?

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    If reduced cost, setup and deployment time are important factors....allow me to introduce you to NComputing Virtualization Kits.
    YouTube - NComputing X-series Overview
    The video's pretty Gouda but the message is simple. If you're interested in these let me know.

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    Don't forget Axel, they've been pretty solid and relatively cheap compared with the first batch of Wyse devices.

    Also remember you aren't going to get a great deal of 'media' from them.

    Edit* That video scares me Joe (bad experiences with the N word)

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    The question posed was 'What's the cost of a wyse terminal as opposed to a PC?'. Not 'what's the price of a thin client device as opposed to a PC?'...
    Oops, my bad!!!

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    [QUOTE=Edit* That video scares me Joe (bad experiences with the N word)[/QUOTE]

    How come? (or have I got my wires crossed massively here??)

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    Quote Originally Posted by apoth0r View Post
    Don't forget Axel, they've been pretty solid and relatively cheap compared with the first batch of Wyse devices.
    I would add my support for Axel terminals. We don't have a huge number on the go, but we'd originally looked at several different terminals, including Wyse, and decided the Axel M80 was a great little box. Easy to set up, small size, good performance, and inexpensive at around the £150 mark. Also came supplied with a standard mounting bracket to attach it to the back of an LCD monitor. Axel themselves provided us with good support too.

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