There are a lot of technical posts here so I thought I might bring up a question about practical applications of virtualization. I have worked at many universities as an IT worker and contractor and have seen a large adoption of virtual desktops. One of these, the University of British Columbia (UBC), has been engaged in an ambitious program of desktop virtualization.Virtualization of the computing infrastructure at the University of British Columbia began about 2005 with an effort to better manage the storage grid (http://www.it.ubc.ca/initiatives/completed_initiatives/gridinitiative.html) and continues with a virtual desktop programbased onVMWares View 4product (http://it.ubc.ca/projects/virtualdesktop.html).The expected benefits of the virtual desktop project are:
- Improved Data Security - elimination of data islands.
- Standardization of desktop platforms and support by adoptingVirtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).
- Using thin-clientsto increase hardware life-cycle and reduce power costs and CO2 emissions.
- Simplify and facilitate campus-wide license arrangements andIT Service Management (ITSM) program.
- Remote desktop access.
An added bonus is other savings that IT restructuring brings like printing savings by creating aninstitutionalplatform for hard copydigitization and document management (http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/012610-ubc-saves-8-million-cuts.html).So here is the question: Is there anyone in this forum working on this or similar virtualization efforts and if so, what are your results, problems, observations, suggestions?