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Foundations of Green IT: Consolidation, Virtualization, Efficiency, and ROI in the Data Center by Marty Poniatowski

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Chapter 6. Desktop Virtualization

A book on green IT couldn’t be complete without a chapter on end-user computers. Desktops and laptops may seem like a small part of the IT infrastructure of a company, but because of the sheer numbers, the total effect on power, management complexity, risk to the business, and administrative overhead can be staggering. The cost of desktops and laptops has many components beyond the initial acquisition.

This chapter covers two completely different desktop solutions. First, desktop virtualization with VMware View is covered. This solution applies to the vast majority of users. High-end users who require dedicated computer and graphics resources are ideal candidates for workstation blades. Workers who ...

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