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Centralized Desktop Consolidation using Virtualization on Servers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030030D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jul-23
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jul-23

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This Article discusses the problem of current desktop implementation and a possible solution to consolidate. Many existing desktop implementations are more or less FAT client for several reasons, where one of them is the high integration of multiple applications required to operate. Another main reason for fat client installations is the fact of an outdated legacy operating system such as Windows NT**2 or OS/2****. Many of the existing approaches to consolidate application on central servers struggle with this very problem based on the technical design and level of virtualisation. The approach here is, to convert such clients simply "as-is" to a server and provide the user access to this frozen and virtualized client. This, of course, requires a different level of virtualisation at the server at a typical desktop hardware level instead of application level. Also the solution is required to support many different host (server) platforms as well as almost all client operating systems including DOS, Windows**, OS/2**** and others.