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The best part is that clients are able to access their servers from home/on the road/etc with NetExender to a SRA Virtual Appliance. I think this is where Sonicwall really shines. The ability to install the NetExtender from a web portal with a couple of clicks saves me many hours of trying to walk a client through how to configure a vpn connection on their home computer. In addition the SRA supports Windows, OS X, Linux and iOS devices and the clients are all no charge. It's simple to configure a custom portal for each customer including bookmarks to file shares, rdp sessions, etc. And the best part is that the authentication for each portal is easily pointed the the customers DC's, a thing that Has always been a problem for me with Linux routers.
While I was not a fan of Sonicwall in the past I believe today they really provide a nice range of products at a reasonable price point.
Wether or not a switch to a FOSS solution is viable or not really depends on the type of office. I agree that departments like Finance are not candidates at this point. However many call centers might be able to go this route. In my company we have a three person finance dept. However the customer service dept is 40 people strong. Our CRM system is web based and the only other need the CS group has is an office suite and the ability to generate pdfs. The switch was pretty painless. The Collections department is next which will net us another 20 or so users. Can we make this change with HR? Maybe, but it might not be worth it. They are still using the desktop payroll software. If ADP were eventually to force them to moving to the web then yes. Could I mandate such a change probably but I don't want to deal with the backlash. I pick and choose the battles. Bottom line is overall we have cut Windows desktop usage by over 70%.
As more apps go web or cloud based it's going to be possible to migrate more and more of them to a FOSS thin client type solution.
Where I disagree with you is that making that decision is truly suicide. I guess we will see how the courts feel about it...
I'd like to look into your eyes as you are finally suffocating because you no longer have muscle control and you can't breath anymore. At that point I'd like to know if you really thing the little extra life you eeked out was worth it.
Last year my daughter had an amazing Kindergarten teacher. One that has been around for 40 years. She constantly bucked the system by really focusing on creativity for the kids. And when they worked hard they were taken outside for extra recess or other activities. She ignored the principal and directives from the school and I tell you the kids that came out of her class are amazing. It's a shame that she is a rare breed these days and I fear the future generations will have no teachers like her....