As mentioned in a couple of other threads, I'm looking to install a suite of a dozen or so workstations as a "language lab" in one of our classrooms. This suite needs to be fairly compact, have decent support for sound (both in and out, it's a language lab, after all) and, above all, be as cheap as possible. We have a dozen LCD screens, PS2 keyboards and mice spare but no (decent) computers. So far my plans have centred around "desktop virtuslisation" products, namely NComputing's hardware-based system and Userful's Desktop Multiplier software-based system. Does anyone know of any similar products I can compare with? I'm reasonably impressed with NComputing's kit - our staffroom 4-workstation machine seems adequate, but I was considering Userful's system if it didn't prove too expensive in the long run. Anyone else trying out similar hardware / software yet?
i personally like the look of ncomputings L-series.....the flexibility of not being restricted by distance and being able to scale to 30 machines is really useful for extending a virtual desktop solution to more than one suite.
i don't know how the L-series compares to the x-series and the userful solution when it comes to price per client, but it's close to a VDI solution than the x-series.
The x-series look more like a many-to-one blade computing solution, except it does have the distance limitation that a lot of the 1:1 blade computing solutions (i.e clearcube) don't have.
The Citrix XenDesktop offering sounds extremely interesting and from what I've heard works very well (see Citrix Systems Desktop Management with Citrix XenDesktop ).
I've heard rumours about Sun's VDI system too (see Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software ) and it sounds good... very good... although a little imature still.
With xendesktop the devil is in the licensing costs, isn't it always with citrix.
Originally Posted by Ric_
So your paying through the nose for the citrix tax, ontop of thin client costs and fulfilling the microsoft licensing requirements it's not the cheapest of options....and if you want to do application streaming you'll need to pay extra for xenapp as full blown app streaming isn't included in any of the xendesktop versions.
Having said that, i did like the original ardence product and it now being a citrix product means it's a pretty cool way of doing VDI.
Basically this space is so busy as $%^& the moment, with companies extending the ICA and RDP protocols, and other companies building products around the Vmware VDI option.....a lot of evaluating needs doing to sort the wheat from the chaff.
Okay, thanks every for the suggestions. I think there's some confusion around the term "desktop virtualisation" here - what I'm thinking of isn't quite what most companies seem to be selling. Both NComputing and Userful produce systems that let you plug multiple workstations into a single PC. I'm not looking to deliver stuff over a long distance, I simply want to create as many workstations as possible for as cheaply as possible. Both NComputing and Userful have their drawbacks, though, so I was wondering if anyone knew of any similar systems that might be available - cheap ones!