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Virtual Bridges Predictions: 2013 - The Changing Face of VDI

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Contributed article by Jim Curtin, CEO of Virtual Bridges

2013: The Changing Face of VDI

We've all heard the stats. The number of tablets sold continues to skyrocket, and while these devices started out providing casual fun and convenience, they have evolved into valuable productivity tools shifting the way enterprises do business. If desktop management wasn't already complicated, BYOD just made it more so.

Today's end users have numerous personas across multiple devices, including mobile, thin client, laptop, traditional workstation and desktop. And while they might have different needs at different times, they all seek a consistent, high quality user experience regardless of device or location.

2013 will be the year businesses tap into the full potential of desktop virtualization, optimizing security, eliminating performance gaps, reducing costs and creating more agile, efficient networks.

Here are my predictions:

  • The Regional Data Center Takes Charge - For years, vendors have pushed organizations to centralize all processing in the data center, however this approach has created both performance and management headaches, especially for those in branch offices. As we enter 2013, there are real alternatives that allow retail stores, banks and even service providers to locate processing elements in regional data centers and still manage them centrally. This means organizations don't have to deploy staff on-site to manage remote locations, dramatically lowering head count while improving consistency for users who happen to be far away from headquarters.

  • MSPs Make Their Mark - Organizations of all sizes are embracing virtualization to transform the cost of managing desktops, protect end user data, and provide access from anywhere at any time. Some have internal teams assigned to deploy and maintain these desktop virtualization projects. Others rely on MSPs to provide all the benefits and best practices of VDI, without the management overhead. In 2013, MSPs will bulk up their desktop virtualization offerings to meet increased demand, providing organizations of all sizes with flexible, scalable, efficient solutions and expertise to make their VDI projects successful for the long term.
  • "Open" Gains More Momentum - OpenStack had a nice 2012 and will see the momentum continue in 2013. There is no escaping the fact that organizations want to eliminate the fear of vendor lock in and are shying away from expensive proprietary virtualization solutions. OpenStack, along with open source solutions like KVM and SPICE, can offer superior scalability, performance and security, all at a lower price point. We've already seen an increase in compliance with OpenStack standards. Over the next year we can expect this trend to continue responding to customer requests for open, integrated solutions that put power in the hands of end users.
  • The Desktop Cloud Becomes a Reality - 80 percent of IT challenges are largely the same, with another 15 percent defined as industry-specific. That subset can be addressed through job-specific desktops. In 2013, we'll start to see the rise of Desktops for Students; Desktops for Developers, Desktops for Lawyers, and much more. This approach not only delivers the best performance, but also reduces costs and increases margins for the business.

Hang on to your seats; it's going to be an exciting ride.


About the Author

Jim Curtin - Founder, President and CEO of Virtual Bridges

Jim has been on the forefront of change in the computer industry over most of his 26 year career. At Digital Equipment Corporation, Jim was involved in one of the first PC roll outs and introduction of PC-based tools in the organization. He then moved on to Open Systems with the Open Software Foundation and as Managing Director of Asia Pacific promoted the benefits of distributed computing ahead of the internet. With the advent of the internet, Jim turned to network security management and policy enforcement as a co-founder and CEO of DASCOM, Inc. DASCOM, Inc. was acquired by IBM in 1999 and Jim served as VP of Security. In 2000, Jim turned to combining the benefits of Open Source and Linux to the problem of desktop management in what has now become known as VDI. Jim co-founded Virtual Bridges in 2006 to take this vision to the next level in bringing VDI to the Cloud. Jim is a graduate of Harvard University and Digital's Financial Development Program.

Published Tuesday, December 04, 2012 6:25 AM by David Marshall
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