Of course, Citrix is nothing new — it’s been around for a long time — what’s new, here, is that this demo desktop is running out a data centre in the Docklands area of London, which means it’s ridiculously fast and ridiculously responsive. Plus the desktop is running on a dedicated blade server that just SCREAMS through the standard desktop applications. Word, Excel, and so on, they all start up in what feels like a few miliseconds. I particularly like the ability to return to my virtual desktop and find it sitting there precisely as I left it. I like the fact it’s online all the time!
I’m hopeful that we’ll see more and more companies begin to adopt this kind of facility for their end-users. I don’t think it will be long before many companies start moving the whole issue of ‘desktop’ into the cloud and simply pay for it like they do any other commodity service.
Are there any readers already using this kind of service in a live environment?