In the last two days I've been to two presentation that mentioned vdi, virtual desktop infrastructure. Definitely this year's buzzword.
What it really is is a mixture of old fashioned thin client technology (Citrix, Sun Global Desktop) and application packaging so that each application runs in a separate container (Softgrid is the best example of this).
Application separation is useful in the windows world as it allows applications that don't play nicely to live together.
And, given that the client applications only do screen draws, it can be presented with a nice webstyle window.
But it's basically classic thin client. The basic spruik is access to a standard environment from anywhere.
It's a slightly wierd feeling to suddenly find one of the things I've been writing about for years (1) are about to become mainstream ...