OK, I’m pulling a joke here. For about two years the debate has been about the hypervisor becoming commoditized. That is to say the software that runs virtual machines was becoming practically “worthless” from a software licensing perspective – and has lead to ESX3i and HyperV becoming free. Personally, I don’t think its worthless – its more an example that these software companies see more value in giving software away to capture market share than trying revenues from sales. The money is to be made elsewhere, in the management layer. Anyway, it seems that every Tom, Dick and Harry has a VDI offering. In fact I’ve been think of writing one, because everyone else has one. But with some many players joining the market offering esssentially the same thing – that sure to drive down prices – as long as your smart enough to play one vendor off another…

Joining the stable of VDI offerings in recent weeks Novell announced “Zenworks Application Virtualization” and TriCerat have released a “VDI Management Solutions”. Symantec have added a broking system together with streaming application virtualization tool called AppStream…

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This was first published in September 2008

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