Virtualization Investigate

The Effect of Machine Virtualization on the Environmental Impact of Desktop Environments

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Executive Summary

This paper evaluates two important and recently prominent ideas in computing science in terms of their combined potential to provide responsive and environmentally responsible alternatives to traditional desktop computing deployments. The ideas of virtualization and green computing are combined to develop a production model for virtual desktop environments. This virtual model is then studied to determine possible concurrencies when varying desktop operating system and secondary storage input/output performance variables. The potential for concurrency in the production model is based on the use of modern equipment, hypervisor processing hosts, Virtual Machines (VMs) and thin clients as end user devices. The virtual model, as a final presentation, is then compared to equal numbers of traditionally deployed desktop computers.

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