Will the Cloud Save the Virtual Desktop?

Arthur Cole
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When Is It Right for a Business to Consider Desktop Virtualization?

Tips for determining whether desktop virtualization is right for your business.

No one can deny that desktop virtualization has met with greater success than many other IT technologies over the years. After all, it's still with us. And yet, it seems it will forever fight against the perception of failure considering the legions of desktop environments out there that are not virtualized. Even at 5 million seats or more, desktop virtualization remains a drop in the bucket in the vast sea of traditional desktops populating enterprises large and small throughout the globe.


For most enterprises, then, the move toward virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) is not as clear-cut, nor inevitable, as it may seem. Are there enough eligible desktops to justify the upfront costs? And will it prove to be a wise investment as users become less reliant on desktops altogether in favor of more flexible mobile devices?


Of late, however, a new factor has entered into the equation - one that purports to both lower overall costs and improve flexibility. Just as cloud computing has revolutionized the way enterprises purchase and provision centralized resources like servers and storage, so too is it seen as the means to push VDI into the mainstream.


"The cloud takes the cost/benefit of VDI to another level as it applies potentially huge economies of scale to make VDI even easier to implement, more secure, and more ubiquitous, with cloud-based VDI services available for anyone within an organization regardless of their location," said Dan O'Farrell, senior director of product marketing at Wyse Technology. "As large, secure, and fault-tolerant cloud data centers grow, the cost of adding more VMs and virtual desktops will continually drop on a per-user basis, making VDI and cloud-based services even easier to procure and use."


With the cloud, creation of a full realized virtual desktop infrastructure becomes as easy as provisioning cloud-based storage. That doesn't mean there are no operational or integration issues, but it is a substantial improvement on the cost and complexity of building in internal VDI environment.


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Aug 21, 2012 7:15 PM Tech Marketer Tech Marketer  says:
Interesting information. Well, there is no doubt that hosted virtual desktops are Hot. And the days of IT professionals marching from computer to computer performing the same tasks on multiple PCs are thankfully over. With hosted virtual desktop, after a major upgrade is integrated, there is no need to perform any tasks at an employee level—in-house or remote. Their machines are effectively the same, all of which are accessing data and applications through the cloud service provider without storing anything locally. Reply
Sep 12, 2012 8:07 AM Vincent@cloudstrong Vincent@cloudstrong  says:
I think virtual desktops are an extremely useful technology which will bring great benefits to any organization who implement them. Gone are the days of installing costly upgrades to individual PCs, saving businesses extensive amounts of capital. With virtual desktops, the provider manages all maintenance and upgrades all included in a fixed monthly fee. Reply
Feb 13, 2013 11:19 AM John John  says:
This is good material .thank you. Reply

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