Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Why am I doing this?

So if I'm giving up my Lenovo Laptop, what will I be using? How am I going to access my applications and data?

I am going to be using a Wyse X90 Thin Client laptop. What's a Thin Client? Imagine you have a laptop with Windows XP installed on it, and only 300MB of hard drive space available. This means, you don't get to install any applications on your laptop. You also don't get to store any data on it.

So why am I doing this? Why does anyone care? Think back to the last time you dropped your laptop. Did it survive the fall or was it dead? Have you ever had a laptop stolen? Do you know someone who has? When that happened, did you have all you data backed up? All your pictures, your mp3s? Odds are, like most people you don't have good backups of everything and now you've just lost all your data.

This is a nightmare for a lot of companies who have lots of users with laptops. These laptops can contain copies of that company's intellectual property, and for the most part that company's IT department is unable to manage and protect that data. When that laptop gets stolen, confidential information gets stolen with it. If that data could also contain personal data about you. Imagine if your personal accountant had his laptop stolen with your information on it (Social Security Number, credit card info, bank info, etc...) Now your effected too.

With Mobile VDI, no data is hosted on the user's laptop. Instead, the user has a Thin Client Laptop, like the Wyse X90, that can be used to view the data and applications, but no data ever leaves the control of the IT organization. All data and applications stay in the data center.

Can this be done? June 1st we are going to find out.


  1. Where is the 'data center'? What is the cost associated with hosting the Virtual Machine?

  2. Cheryl - For the sake of this experiment, the "data center" will be my demo lab. For my customers the "data center" will be their own. Costs for VDI can very depending on the complexity of the environment and the requirements of the desktops.