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Server virtualization has moved well beyond the arena of early adopters and is an accepted solution to many of the challenges faced by IT organizations. However, desktop virtualization has not made the same inroads. Certainly, there have been some key uses for desktop virtualization, such as development and test, but there has not been broad penetration into the non-technical desktop market. There are signs that this trend is about to change. The major virtualization vendors, including Citrix, VMware, and Microsoft, have recently released new or updated desktop virtualization products that aim to make virtualization as common on the desktop as in the data center. The value proposition is largely the same as on the server: rapid deployment, better hardware utilization, easier management, and increased separation of workloads. At the same time, security and compliance... (more)