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Contributed article by Michel Roth, Dell Software
Where is Desktop Virtualization Headed?
2012 showed steady
progress in the adoption of desktop virtualization -- and especially
interesting is the great interest in this technology from companies outside of the
Fortune lists. No, the entire planet does not yet have a virtual desktop
(although some earlier crystal ball analysts did think that), but, the steady
progress in adoption is no surprise to me, since desktop virtualization has been
overhyped for so long. Thankfully, 2012 also showed that awareness has risen -- that
you can't just go out and ‘do desktop virtualization.' The masses now know that
desktop virtualization is NOT the same as server virtualization, or pure server-based
computing. Desktop virtualization requires the company to carefully analyze and
calculate its expected usage for this explosive technology, both today and in
years to come.
The business case for
desktop virtualization -- especially VDI -- is complicated and requires a time commitment,
but can pay off in spades once it's been fine tuned. The benefits can be
tremendous, but you need to consider all aspects, which is where I see huge
potential in 2013. Organizations are seeing unique factors due to trends in
technology and industry movements, and these will play a critical role in
desktop virtualization over the coming months. Let's take a look at what I
believe are the top three predictions that will impact this space.
Simplicity will dramatically lower
barriers to entry into desktop virtualization
In 2013, the
simplification of desktop virtualization will accelerate, and with this
simplification, will come cost reduction. On the one hand, we will see desktop
virtualization vendors creating products that minimize the Capex cost of
desktop virtualization so much that Capex can no longer be considered a slowing
factor in adoption. On the other hand, we will see the big vendors doubling down
on simplicity from the solution angle.
is not a product, but rather a concept, and its many moving parts require more
than just a desktop virtualization software product. Server hardware, storage,
networking and (thin) client devices are all needed to create a successful
deployment. In 2013, some big vendors will be able to offer customers an
end-to-end solution - providing a whole new level of simplicity at an
unbeatable cost, and removing other cost-related barriers, as well. Call it a
one-stop-shop for desktop virtualization. All the guesswork can be removed, so
customers can focus on the things that specifically matter to their business.
Rampant device variation and adoption
will make desktop virtualization a requirement for managing BYOD
will allow companies to embrace the consumerization of IT, specifically BYOD.
Desktop virtualization is an easy way for companies to support BYOD initiatives
-- it's been this way for years -- but in 2013, the ongoing surge in device
variation will see vendors (re)inventing the messaging around it.
For those companies
that really want to adopt BYOD quickly without too much effort, we will see an
increased uptake in DaaS. The complex work is all done by the DaaS provider,
and all the customer has to do is use their device of choice. Having said that,
I think we will see the biggest uptake in DaaS in the SMB market, because these
generally are less complex environments and a better fit for DaaS solutions as
they stand today.
Context-aware device access will
force organizations to sharpen focus on desktop virtualization
The BYOD rage brings
me to my last prediction. The developments for BYOD will not stop at just
supporting the newest tablet; depending on the device being used, access to the
virtual desktop will require more context-awareness. This is what will
represent the line in the sand. Some vendors will want to cross that line -- to
be everything to everyone by doing mobile device management (MDM), mobile
access management (MAM) and everything in between -- losing focus on desktop
virtualization itself. In 2013, the market will learn that desktop
virtualization is a separate focal
point, and should not be placed in the same cereal box with MDM/MAM.
About the Author Michel Roth is
a six time Microsoft MVP for Remote Desktop Services and VMware vExpert with
over 10 years of experience working with application and desktop delivery
technologies. Currently the Senior Product Manager in desktop virtualization
and adjacent technologies, Michel is responsible for multiple products in Dell