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A New Way To Virtualize Your Desk

Desktop virtualization (I'll use the term loosely because the definition has become a bit murky) has a lot of advantages:  ease of management, fewer hardware demands and greater security. Cost is not always on the list of benefits. That's because even thought the desktop may be virtual, the licensing costs aren't.

Wanova, a Turkey-based cloud company, thinks it has a way around this with a new system based on Windows Server 2008 R2 where the desktops are used across wide area networks (WANs).

The company says it is not VDI, nor is it hypervisor based. As for cost, all you need is an existing Windows 7 client license (you don't have to buy an extra Virtual Desktop Access licenses) and to already own Windows Server 2008 R2. The apps can be served up from the Windows Server to existing thick clients, PCs or laptops.

 "There is absolutely no issue in terms of VDI licensing -- it doesn't require VDA or SA [Software Assurance] because we're just using Windows the way you normally would use Windows," a Wanova exec said. "It somewhat helps us because there is a lot of confusion there in terms of how Windows licensing works. Whether you're accessing from home, from work ... [and] there are lots of service providers that become very cautious about violating Windows licensing and they'll move to somebody like us because of that. The good thing for us is it has absolutely no bearing on us at all."

Get all the details here.

Posted by Doug Barney on 05/21/2012 at 1:19 PM


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