Combining Virtualization Technologies

Published: November 12, 2007   |   Updated: February 25, 2008

 

In certain cases, it can be beneficial to employ multiple virtualization technologies into one comprehensive plan. Table 3 provides an overview of some additional considerations for client virtualization.

Table 3. Additional Virtualization Characteristics

Characteristic

VECD

Terminal Services

Virtual PC

SoftGrid Application Virtualization

Supports Windows Terminal Client (thin client)

ü

ü

 

 

Desktop Virtualization (OS + applications)

ü1

 

ü

ü

 

Application virtualization

 

ü

 

ü

Centralized

ü

ü

 

 

Scalability

Low

High

 

 

Support for legacy OS

 

 

ü

 

1 = Vista Enterprise only

There are times when one virtualization technology alone may not fulfill all of the entire requirements for a given scenario. In this case, multiple technologies can be combined to address advanced needs. For example:

  • A Terminal Service session can host a SoftGrid application.
  • A Windows Vista client system could use terminal services to access one centralized financial application. It may also have a SoftGrid managed application installed locally. This client may also need to run Virtual PC to run a legacy Windows application.

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