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Leostream 2023 Predictions: What's in Store for VDI, DaaS, Hybrid Cloud, and Remote Access in 2023


Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2023.  Read them in this 15th annual series exclusive.

What’s in Store for VDI, DaaS, Hybrid Cloud, and Remote Access in 2023

By Karen Gondoly, CEO of Leostream

On most New Years' Eves, the city of Boston celebrates with First Night, a series of events that includes ice sculptures, general revelry, and fireworks at midnight. As 2021 drew to a close, I stood on a friend's deck anxiously awaiting the start of the fireworks to end the year with a bang.

On January 3, 2022, I wrote my first weekly email to the Leostream team, and I quote, "I don't know if anyone went into town to see the midnight fireworks, but from where I watched it looked like they were shooting rockets into the clouds. The result was a low, glowing, cloud-covered skyline that resembled videos you see of war zones."

Looking back, those fireworks were an ominous harbinger of the year to come.  

In 2022, people worldwide were hampered with the lingering challenges of a pandemic exasperated by the war in Ukraine. Supply chain issues continued to delay hardware shipments; rising prices made it even more important to control costs where possible; and staffing shortages increased the need for tools that simplified IT while allowing enterprises to hire from anywhere.

2023 will continue this evolution in ways that are critical for organizations to understand as they consider how they will continue to adapt to industry change. 

Declining IT Headcount

HR directors know competition for talent is fierce. IT staff will become harder and harder to find, increasing the need for MSPs that can lend a hand in VDI/DaaS deployments, and tools that simplify and automate onboarding, configuration, and maintenance tasks.

VDI gets more Cloudy

With less technical expertise in the field to maintain corporate data centers, more organizations will move to the cloud. As the cloud continues to become more and more mainstream, new solutions like AWS Workspaces Core will create new use cases for VDI in the cloud.

More Room for Disruption

Industry disrupters will also become more mainstream as companies look for alternatives in the wake of the Broadcom acquisition of VMware. Even if the End User Computing (EUC) side of VMware remains intact after the acquisition, organizations will realize they can benefit from looking outside of the stack. I highly recommend this webinar in which Robert Morris, former Citrix CTO, makes excellent points about the impact of the acquisition.

New Thinking in Remote Access

This out-of-the-box thinking, and interest in alternatives, will lead to new technologies being leveraged for remote access and VDI, such as OpenStack and Containers. It also introduces new avenues for tackling the challenges of controlling costs and managing supply chain issues, by repurposing existing hardware as client devices, for example using the Stratodesk NoTouch OS.

We're Staying Home

Many organizations spent 2022 trying to get their employees back into the office. The resistance to "work from anywhere" will end in 2023. Corporate conversations will shift to how to enable work-from-anywhere, as organizations realize that swimming upstream in that conversation is wasting time, energy, and resources that would be more wisely invested in modernizing their workplace.



Karen Gondoly 

Karen Gondoly is CEO of Leostream, the leading provider of enterprise-grade remote access solutions. A literal ‘rocket scientist,' she holds Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from MIT, and extensive skills in software development, technical writing, GUI design and usability.

Published Thursday, November 10, 2022 7:30 AM by David Marshall
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