Over the past 10 years, end-user computing (EUC) has been a big topic of conversation, and a game-changing technology. Let’s think back to how desktop computers used to be provisioned: First, the hardware was procured—usually a giant, heavy, 32-bit tower PC that took up precious real estate on the end user’s desktop or was under the desk, putting out heat. After procuring the hardware, there was the OS install, unless it came embedded with Windows XP or a similar OS. Once installed, a security scan had to be run and a backup of the physical hard disk created, which was usually a 40GB SATA disk.
After that, the device was managed by configuring the networking and joining it to the domain. Finally, the end user was able to log in and do her work—day in and
day out—until the hardware lifecycle started all over again. That was a heavy, arduous and expensive lifecycle model. It was guaranteed that in three years or so, the hardware would need to be refreshed and the process started all over again. But with the introduction of VMware View, the way EUC was done was changed forever. Read the full article.