desktop virtualization

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desktop virtualization

(1) A thin client architecture in which each user's desktop, which includes the operating system and applications, runs in a separated "virtual machine" partition in a server on the network. Commonly called "virtual desktop infrastructure" (VDI), the desktop is delivered over the network in real time to the user's PC, which functions only as an input/output (I/O) terminal. The data processing is performed in the server. Sometimes called "client virtualization," although the desktop virtualization definition in #2 below is a more viable description of client virtualization. See thin client and virtual machine.

(2) A virtualized environment in the user's machine. Also called "client virtualization" and "endpoint virtualization," the user's computer hosts multiple virtual machines, each of which contains an operating system and set of applications. See client-side hypervisor, virtual machine, Virtual PC, Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion.

(3) A thin client architecture in which a central server timeshares desktops to multiple users. More precisely called "shared sessions," Microsoft's Terminal Services, the terminal services function in Microsoft's Remote Desktop Services and Citrix XenApp, are examples of products that use this approach. See thin client, Terminal Services and Remote Desktop Services.
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Robert Young, Research Director, ITSM and Client Virtualization Software, IDC, stated, With Ericom Connect 7.
founded in 2003, is a leader in client virtualization solutions.
8220;The desktop virtualization market is shifting to a more holistic approach as IT professionals look for solutions to simplify workspace management,” said Brett Waldman, research manager, Client Virtualization Software, IDC.
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com/research/3qw9kd/global_client) has announced the addition of the "Global Client Virtualization Software Market 2014-2018" report to their offering.
Wyse Enhanced SUSE Linux Enterprise further builds momentum for client virtualization by providing customers with multiple options when deploying desktop appliances within their organizations," said Raj Dhingra, group vice president and general manager, Desktop Delivery Group, Citrix Systems Inc.
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the pioneer of Desktops as a Service (DaaS), today announced it has been named a "Major Player" in client virtualization in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Client Virtualization 2012 Vendor Analysis (Doc# 237753), November 2012.