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February 21, 2012


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Vinay Mamidi

Great post on the licensing aspects for hosting VDI in SP environments. Its best for SP's to standardize on different blade models so that they can host VDI for Enterprises in 50 or 100 user increments. I have heard Desktone doing this for sub 50 user deployments, so SP VDI for SMB's is definetly do-able. Another important aspect is that Vmware has released a new SKU around VSPP for making Desktops as a service really attractive. (https://www.desktone.com/blog/55-new_vmware_vspp_sku_makes_daas_more_cost-effective/view)

Steve Kaplan (@ROIdude)

Thanks Vinay for the compliment and also for the excellent information and links.

Jim Curtin

Great article. Very informative. Too true, as well.

FYI - Virtual Bridges was one of the first to offer the small form factor offering (50 users) with Rackspace, Savvis and Softlayer.

Danny Allan

Great article Steve and one which certainly affects the Service Provider market. As Vinay points out above, Desktone does have SPs running our platform and offering as few as 20 desktops per tenant by standardizing on different blade sizes, but it doesn't help either the end customer or the SP with pricing. Hopefully, we do see a SPLA for Windows client desktops sometime in the next little while.

One of the key things to note in a multi-tenant platform for VDI, is that the concept of multi-tenancy applies to different areas: management, provisioning, storage, networking, directory services, and compute. Those first five concepts can all be smoothly delivered in a single platform and it is only in the last concept - compute - that virtual desktop licensing causes compliance issues.

Of course if the SP is offering server based desktops (skinned as Windows 7) or Linux desktops, then the platform can also use multi-tenant compute and share blades in a SP environment.

Steve Kaplan (@ROIdude)

Excellent information Danny, thanks. Desktone was actually very helpful to me when researching this article.

Errol Neal

I just read the VDI and VDA 2.0 PDF and when I read restrictions with regards to separate physical hardware, my jaw dropped. This is ridiculous. Microsoft is talking out of both sides of its mouth here. How can you promote the cloud while at the same time put restrictions on providers that are not cloud friendly? "Yaay hypocrisy"..

Steve Kaplan (@ROIdude)

Errol, there is definitely an industry outcry from Brian Madden, Guise Bule, and others against MS VDI licensing policies and their, apparently, unique treatment of LiveCloud.

Virtual Office London

even in this case, both Windows and MS Office licensing is still required. I am baffled.

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