Virtual Linux Desktop: Getting Microsoft-Free
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CNET covers the new IBM Virtual Linux Desktop, which can help organizations save up to $800 per user per year and unleash them from the shackles of certain Microsoft tools (Vista, Office suite, Sharepoint, etc.).
This new solution brings open standards-based email, word processing, spreadsheets, unified communication, social networking and other software to laptops, browsers, and mobile devices from a virtual desktop login sitting on a Linux-based server configuration.
Compared to Microsoft-based desktops, this virtual desktop solution includes components from IBM, Virtual Bridges and Canonical, and can drive key savings for Microsoft-heavy shops.
By way of example, using Virtual Linux Desktop, organizations can realize the following cost savings (compared to Microsoft-based desktops):
IBM's Jeff Smith was interviewed for the ZDNet Linux and Open Source blog and he explained the opportunity for Virtual Linux Desktop this way (and, admittedly, using a nice Texas big truck analogy):
“The Ford 150 used to be the best selling car in Texas but in two months sales went through the floor and it’s no longer the best selling vehicle in Texas,” he noted. “An event [gas price hike this summer] caused them to question their assumptions and they looked at their choices. It’s starting to happen [in IT] and gives new opportunities for Linux and the Mac.”
Read the full press release on Virtual Linux Desktop here.