Don't laugh! I know about VIEW and ZenDesktop and use both, but I've been asked! :)
I have a company with 100 users, give or take, and they want to move their stuff into a COLO and go to a VDI environment using zero clients at the office while letting the virtual desktops live in the cloud. I've talked to them about VIEW and Citrix and we have discussed the cost. Once the owners were released from the hospital, we met and talked some more.
I have an idea and I want peeps on here to talk it up or shoot it down and give me some feedback.
My thought is to put in a couple of RRA servers at the COLO and build one or two virtual desktops to spec, convert them to templates and then spin up my needed VMs from the template, one at a time. We actually have two or three techs who could help so it wouldn't be horrible.
In the zero clients, we just specify the remote gateway and the VM assigned to that user and let them RDP straight to the desktop assigned to them.
All of this would be supported in the back by 5 ESX hosts and SSD storage to handle the IOPS so I don't expect the "speed" of the VMs to be a problem. We have 1gig from the office to the internet already so I don't expect bandwidth to be a problem. Even the usage in the building is mostly email and internet. The "serious computing" - that's the Solidworks CAD and the media creation - would still be done on local workstations in the building. Those hitting the VDI would be low bandwidth users, support staff, etc.
So, instead of buying VIEW and/or Citrix ZenDesktop, how about it? Do you think RRA and remote gateway would work ok for this solution or am I stone cold nuts?
Now, I realize a lot of this is opinion, so I'll split the points between the peeps who answer. Extra points to those who DO NOT start off by saying I'm nuts.