Repurposing Old PC’s

Let’s face it, the concept of VDI and virtual desktops is definitely not new news.  The technology has been around for a long time and has proven to be a cost effective model for desktop deployment for more and more companies.  What we are seeing as a reseller of both VMware and Citrix, arguably two of the biggest players in this market, is that many companies are just now starting to consider VDI as they look at having to replace hundreds or even thousands of their pc’s.

May customers own their pc’s but the hardware capabilities just can’t keep up with newer operating systems like Windows 7 so VDI is a very viable option.  A problem we see over and over is restricted budgets.  As customers look at replacing say a $500 desktop that they already own with a $200-300 thin client, there is some “savings” depending on how you look at it but at the end of the day you still end up purchasing more equipment.  An obvious solution to this problem is to turn those older PC’s into thin clients.

The question we get as a reseller is “What should we use to convert our PC’s to thin clients?”.  There are several solutions out there, some of them even free but we typically recommend 2 in particular, purely based on our experience with the products and the manufactures.  Below is a list of some of the features and benefits of the two products.

WYSE PC Extender

  • Well established company know for quality thin clients
  • Easy to deploy and manage.  Has a centralized management program that allows you to manage and configure all of your PC’s remotely for things like system updates.
  • Support for Citrix ICA/HDX, VMware View (PcoIP) and Microsoft RDP
  • Based on SUSE Linux
  • Auto Central Configuration and Auto Update capabilities
  • Local/Remote printer support
  • WYSE TCX support for multimedia, USB, sound and flash
  • WYSE Virtual Desktop Accelerator for better performance across high latency links
  • Minimum Hardware requirements **
    • 1Ghz Processor
    • 512MB RAM
      • ** May not work on all hardware

 

DevonIT VDI Blaster

  • Easy to deploy and manage.  Has a centralized management program that allows you to manage and configure all of your PC’s remotely for things like system updates.
  • Support for Citrix ICA/HDX, VMware View (PcoIP) and Microsoft RDP
  • Can be setup for dual-boot on existing XP desktop so you can keep the core XP image alive
  • Will work on most hardware that is capable of running Windows XP

Both the WYSE and DevonIT solutions will run for around $30 or less per desktop which is very reasonable when you look at the cost of an average thin client.  So if you’re considering going the VDI route in your environment you may want to take a look as one of these products.

 

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