The only surprise about the HP announcement about the consultancy service for the desktop is that it took so long. It's been obvious for some time that the old vision of what desktop computing is something stuck in the past.

HP's Client Infastructure Services will help enterprises negotiate the new environment. The growing acceptance of thin clients, virtual desktops, iPads and other remote clients have completely changed the desktop landscape and it's strange that until now, none of the big PC manufacturers have tapped into this altered landscape.

I suppose that the word "PC" manufacturer is a big clue there but it's not really an adequate word. Macbeth put it well when he said that "hounds and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels, curs;shoughs, water-rugs and demi-wolves, are clept all by the name of dogs". The PC industry has created several breeds of dogs: some of them slick thoroughbreds, some reliable workers, some fast, while others are of more dubious parentage.

Desktop virtualisation is a case in point. There's plenty of evidence to suggest that there's a growing interest in adopting the technology, but there's clearly a knowledge gap to jump first. The virtualisation vendors and the netbook providers have come up with more and more initiatives but there's certainly an educational process to go through - I'm sure there'll be many more companies following HP's example.

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