Understanding Alternative Compute Models

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Executive Summary

Driven by ever-increasing pressure on a multitude of issues - including cost control, manageability, security, regulatory compliance, and business continuity - some IT managers are considering centralized compute models as an alternative to traditional distributed software deployment. Thanks to recent advances in technology, IT has a range of centrally-managed compute models from which to choose. From Terminal Services to VDI, from blade PCs through application and OS streaming, each model has its advantages and trade-offs. Rarely is a single compute model adequate to meet the needs of all users and all applications. Instead, the needs of each group of users, as well as IT requirements and existing infrastructure, must be carefully considered. In most cases, an enterprise solution will likely involve a combination of models.

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