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10 cool things virtualization lets you do

Keir Thomas | Feb. 25, 2011
Virtualization isn't just for geeks or those who run enormously powerful servers. It offers something for everybody, and if you haven't yet dipped your toe into the virtualization ocean, then you're at serious risk of being left behind.

10. Reuse Old Hardware

By installing Citrix XenDesktop on your Windows server, you can turn old, less powerful computers into thin clients, wiping out the need for a workstation IT upgrade budget.

The clients access their personal desktop spaces on the server and there's little noticeable difference compared with running the operating system and applications locally. XenDesktop includes clever technology to avoid common thin-client pitfalls, such as the fact videos and animations don't play well, by shifting some of the processing work to the client computer.

XenDesktop also allows your workers to access their desktops from home, provided the server is configured to be publicly accessible and they have the right client software installed. You can even use mobile phones to connect to the desktop environments.

 

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