Microsoft to launch 2 VDI licenses

Microsoft has announced plans for two new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) licenses.At the recent worldwide partner conference, the software giant said it would offer two VDI suite licenses beginning in the fourth quarter of 2009 that will integrate its various virtualization technologies at discount.

Microsoft has announced plans for two new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) licenses.

At the recent worldwide partner conference, the software giant said it would offer two VDI suite licenses beginning in the fourth quarter of 2009 that will integrate its various virtualization technologies at discount.

There are two editions: standard and premium.
The standard edition includes the Hyper-V Server, System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Systems Center Configuration Manager, System Center Operations Manager, Remote Desktop Services (CAL) and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for $21 per year per device.

The Premium suite includes rights for those products as well as additional use rights for RDS and App-V for RDS, which enabled mixed environments with VM-based remote desktops and RDS thin clients and is priced at $53 per device per year.

The cost for VMware View is $53 per user per year and VMware View Premier is $100 per user per year.

The Microsoft license counters similar offerings from VMware and Citrix and gives end users a comprehensive solution for deploying hosted virtualized desktops.

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