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Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

I really don't know why IBM think this might be a good idea? Does anyone else know?

After selling its PC business to Lenovo, IBM is expected to launch a BladeCentre running VMware ESX and Citrix client software for running large PC farms.

The technology isn't a straight-up PC, though. Instead, it combines IBM's BladeCenter servers with VMware's ESX Server software for running multiple operating systems on one computer and Citrix Systems' software for letting people tap into programs running on a server.

The technology name also is more complicated than a simple PC: IBM Virtualized Hosted Client Infrastructure. But the company believes the approach will be compelling for businesses wanting to cut costs and ease management.

IBM's BladeCenter houses as many as 14 dual-processor servers in a chassis 12.25 inches tall, and Doug Balog, IBM's new vice president of BladeCenter products, said 12 to 15 separate PCs can simultaneously run on each blade.

"That would allow over 200 clients in a BladeCenter chassis," Balog said.

More at ZDNet

Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:24 AM Citrix , IT Management , Microsoft Tips , VMware and other Virtualization tools | Back to top


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Hi Dave,
HP are pushing a similar concept. They call it a Virtual Infrastructure Client. It was claimed at a recent HP Seminar that you could host upto 20 virtualised XP desktops on a BL25p. The Opterons really lend themselves to virtualisation and couple this the efficient use of memory gained from ESX we see this high number of clients hosted on a single server.
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