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Top 5 Obstacles to Wider VDI Adoption

Organizations of all sizes have been embracing the notion of virtualization within their environments over the past decade, and they've implemented server and storage virtualization solutions in order to lower their costs and reduce complexities. Despite the fact that desktop virtualization offers many of the same technological benefits as its virtualization siblings, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) hasn't yet received the same warm reception.

Why is that? What makes the desktop so resistant to change? The first generation of VDI technologies certainly didn't help the cause. It was too expensive to deploy, speeds were slow, and users could easily tell the difference between it and their normal installations. But with advancements made over time, these common objections have either been dismissed or greatly improved upon with next-generation VDI technologies.

"Customer perception around VDI is stuck in what they understand of Gen1 technology -- poorly planned proof of concepts and out of control TCO due to technology gaps," explains Antony Satyadas, solution strategist at IBM. "VDI Gen2 is a game changer, and as customers have an opportunity to experience it, we expect the momentum to swing."

So with increased security concerns, rising energy costs, and an economic slowdown in 2011, why aren't more companies looking to VDI as a possible alternative? What could be holding them back from moving to this alternative desktop approach? Here are five of the key reasons that may be currently blocking your organization:

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Read the rest of this InfoWorld Virtualization Report article to find out more.

Published Wednesday, May 04, 2011 8:00 AM by David Marshall
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