Virtual Servers & Desktop replacement curve-ball
Looking like I am going to get a local firm to "virtualize" my 7 servers in the summer. Just had the "plate-spin" analysis done and am awaiting a quote. Will be a Vsphere citrix solution.
My budget was presented at a recent governors meeting and practically approved, however, someone stated..."....lots of schools are now using thin clients, has this been investigated....."
I don't believe "LOTS" of schools are using thin client technology currently but correct me if I am wrong.
We have 700 desktops with 5 year warranty and we swap out annually 20% of these at a cost of around £450 per client.
Adobe CS3 is site licenced around the school and IS used in most areas regularly.
DT use 3d modelling packages and Music sibelius & Cubase (dongles).
Apart from that is the usual suspects around the suites.
Now my questions....
(I know very little about the thin client side of things...)
1. Is going down the vsphere route going to make a thin client deployment in the future eaier or harder?
2. What sort of investment is required to start a change from thick to thin clients?
3. Can a dual setup really work if you want the flexibility to be able to roll out any software to any desktop?
Many thanks for taking the time to read or answer...hopefully others might also gain something from the thread......