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VMWare View alternatives?

What are the alternatives to VMWare View for virtualizing desktops? I am trying to see what is the cheapest.



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za_mkhCommented:
XenDesktop and XenApp from Citrix .. www.citrix.com
Terminal Services is also an option but that is Citrix Technology anway regardless if you get use Citrix or Microsoft.
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ryder0707Commented:
Try verde from IBM, http://vbridges.com/wp/verde
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ob1_Author Commented:
Can Verde be hosted on Win Svr 2003/2008 or just Linux?
 
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Bobby
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ryder0707Commented:
Only linux but the desktop can be windows or linux
Btw, i only watched the demo on a seminar, anything technical i suggest you to call them
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za_mkhCommented:
How big is your environment?
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ob1_Author Commented:
Small - the 1st office we want to virtualize is 35 people.
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za_mkhCommented:
Maybe using a 'cheap' 1-1 solution could work for you
One ESX/i server. You create 35 VM Desktops for your users. Then get your users to remote desktop into their 'VM' .. Cheap and doesn't cost you much. What View and the others do is help you with the management of the entire shebang. That is, it can automatically create new VMs, etc, etc
I am busy trialling View as opposed to the cheap 1-1 solution and I can see why it worth the money. It just amazing as it allows you to access your desktop from nearly any location depending on the security policies in place. This piece of technology that does this for you is, the View Broker and it is the glue that makes the View remote desktop experience so worthwhile!
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amichaellCommented:
I don't know about cheapest, though there are others:  Citrix's XenDesktop, Quest, Ericom, etc.  We use Citrix's XenDesktop solution with Provisioning Services to stream our XP VMs from a single golden image.
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ob1_Author Commented:
Does Xenserver require a dedicated server or can I install it on a machine running Exchange?
 
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Bobby
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amichaellCommented:
XenServer is a hypervisor.  It is a small OS in its own right that is used to host VMs (servers or desktops).  So, you could install XenServer and then install a Windows server (Exchange) host within XenServer.
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ryder0707Commented:
XenServer is direct competition to free esxi with many more extra free features...the choice is yours
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ob1_Author Commented:
Can I host virtual desktops on esxi w/o a VT capable processor? I have a Dell PowerEdge 2800 which is not VT capable but I found this post that says you can install esxi on it - can someone clarify for me? http://communities.vmware.com/message/1024072

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Bobby
 
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ryder0707Commented:
Yes you can but you cant run 64bit guest OS and you need 64bit capable CPU to run esxi4
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ob1_Author Commented:
thanks!
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jjozCommented:
is there anyone here running the workstation just using ESXi and many Windows VM as oppose to using VMWare View 4 ?
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