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Driven by the need to control costs of desktop management, Providence Health & Services - Oregon (PH&S - Oregon) recently undertook an initiative to gain greater control and standardization of desktop configurations, while providing performance and flexibility to meet business unit needs. Goals for this initiative included maximizing system availability, reducing operating costs, increasing security, and better using IT time and resources to support business strategies rather than day-to-day maintenance. After evaluating various computing models, including Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), blade computing, and terminal services, PH&S - Oregon deployed a pilot solution with streamed delivery of a centralized OS image using Citrix Provisioning Server (Citrix PVS) along with application streaming and virtualization using Microsoft SoftGrid, now called Microsoft Application Virtualization (Microsoft App-V).
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