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BYOPC (Bring your own PC)
Most people think of BYOPC as a program where employees bring their own laptops into the office and where IT provides the corporate applications as a service to the employee machines. While that certainly qualifies for BYOPC, the "own" in BYOPC doesn't have to be literal. Many BYOPC programs are still built with corporate-owned laptops, but the end users "own" the management of them. In those cases, the users have admin rights and can do whatever they want, while IT apps are still provided as a service.
Everyone is always looking to compare the various remoting protocols -- HDX, RDP, PCoIP, etc. -- to find out which one requires the least amount of bandwidth. The problem is that it's not possible to think about bandwidth by itself -- you also have to consider the impact to the host CPU and the performance characteristics of your content at a certain bandwidth. (And, frankly, you have to consider how the bandwidth consumption was measured in the first place. Measuring bandwidth consumed on a wide-open network is pretty worthless.)
Now that everything's becoming cloud-based, there's a lot of talk about cloud-based desktops, or desktop as a service (DaaS). Most people think this is your corporate desktop running in some data center in the cloud that's delivered to the users via one of the remoting protocols. But that's not a real cloud computing desktop -- that's a desktop being outsourced to a service provider (just like we've been doing for 15 years). A true cloud-based desktop will evolve from what we have today with Microsoft Windows. It will tie in applications, data and flexible client devices.
Software as a Service (SaaS)
The current SaaS movement is focused around Web-based applications, such as Salesforce.com and Google enterprise apps. But the corporate world runs on Windows, and real SaaS is not just Web apps because it also includes the various application virtualization technologies to deliver Windows apps.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brian Madden is an independent industry analyst and blogger, known throughout the world as an opinionated, supertechnical desktop virtualization expert. He has written several books and more than 1,000 articles about desktop and application virtualization. Madden's blog, BrianMadden.com, receives millions of visitors per year and is a leading source for conversation, debate and discourse about the application and desktop virtualization industry. He is also the creator of BriForum, the premier independent application delivery technical conference.