what is the difference between vmware ACE and vmware vdi?

Posted on 2008-10-06
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Hello today in a meeting we discussed the point to virtualize our 50 desktop pcs.

We have 5 groups of users: IT staff (windows xp or debian) - (web) developers (windows xp or debian) - editorial journalist (windows xp) - windows powerusers

I found vmware VDI system and vmware ACE. Though I've got a general impression from the fact sheet I'm unsure to choose VDI over ACE.

Anyone around, who already dealt with this systems / concepts.

Today we got "just" server virtualization with vmware ESX and virtual infrastructure.


Question by:Tolomir

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In a nutshell, Vmware ACE is bundled with VMware Workstation and uses Workstation as its virtualization platform.  VDI is typically built upon an ESX platform.

With VDI computing power is drawn from the ESX server, using the servers memory/CPU.
With ACE computing power is drawn from the end users' workstation, using their own memory/CPU.  This makes ACE VMs very portable, whereas ESX VMs are not very portable.

ACE is a really cool product, with some very unique features, that sometimes get overshadowed by its big brother, ESX.
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Thank you.


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