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June 8, 2009

CBR desktop virtualisation podcast: IBM’s Virtual Client expert

In this podcast, CBR editor Jason Stamper talks to Chris De Vere, IBM x86 Modular Systems, about the rise of virtual desktop solutions, whether or not the business case stacks up, and why customers should consider IBM in this market segment.

By Jason Stamper

Chris De Vere, an expert in IBM’s Virtual Client technology, is a 25-year veteran of the IT industry, having worked at a number of IT hardware and software companies including Honeywell, Silicon Graphics, EMC2 and Tivoli prior to IBM. He is responsible within IBM for its x86 Modular Systems.

This CBR podcast is in two parts, Part 1 and Part 2.

Both are in MP3 format, so you have the option of streaming them live from our servers now, or right-clicking the links to download them to your desktop for transfer to your preferred MP3 player or mobile device, if you would like to listen to them later.


Also discussed on this CBR podcast:


  • The history of thin client and desktop virtualisation technology


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  • Why Larry Ellison’s vision of the network computer did not take off as originally envisaged


  • Why IBM believes the time is now right for desktop virtualisation


  • The business case for desktop virtualisation against the backdrop of a difficult economic environment


  • Where claimed cost savings from desktop virtualisation really come from


  • Why desktop virtualisation has a ‘green IT’ angle to it


  • Why desktop virtualisation is not suited to every type of user in an organisation


  • Whether desktop virtualisation has overcome some of the technology’s early teething troubles


  • Whether desktop virtualisation simply moves cost from the client into the data centre


  • Why customers should consider IBM in this market segment






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