Art Alexion on 21 May 2010 04:22:18 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] (OT) Philadelphia Wireless

On Thursday 20 May 2010 09:04:28 Mike Leone wrote:
> On 5/20/2010 7:48 AM, Art Alexion had this to say:
> > We have been looking into what VMWare used to call VDI, now View to
> > replace shared desktops which tend to get trashed.  They can serve
> > Windows or Linux desktops, with non-persistent images.  That is, every
> > time a user logs in, they get a fresh desktop.  There is some pretty
> > durable, but cheap, hardware out there as well.
> > 
> > This should be the future of libraries as it cuts down on maintenance
> > costs while providing a choice of platforms.  This isn't likely to get
> > there via the type of donations Mike mentions, but a worthy grant from a
> > foundation or from the hardware and software vendors.
> Then you have to hire a tech to deal with the VMware server that handles 
> all that. My GF has an intern tech who handles the PC tech tasks - 
> ghosting new images for lab PCs, taking care of their file server, etc. 
> Most of the other libraries in her system don't have their own techs. 
> Anybody who knows how to handle a VMware server is going to be using 
> that knowledge to be out working for real money, not part time tech 
> work, like she has. :-)
> The library tech support doesn't want to handle the complexities of 
> having to roll out images, keep the segments separate so there's no 
> traffic leaking out into the staff segments, especially when the library 
> hosts Teen Game Night, and they have Doom tournaments in the lab ...

Ah, but the beauty of this is that one tech can handle many libraries, could 
even handle Philadelphia libraries from Nebraska or Vietnam.  The hardware is 
color coded, so a barely clueful person at the library could swap out 
misbehaving hardware,  They come with 3 year advance replacement warranties.

Art Alexion
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