The Year Of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: Never
Some companies anticipated replacing up to 90% of their PCs with VDI alternatives. Then tablets changed the equation.
The enterprise popularity of tablets and smartphones at the expense of PCs and other desktop devices is also sinking desktop virtualization.
The heyday of virtual desktop infrastructure came around 2008 to 2010, as companies sought to cut their desktop computing costs -- VDI promised savings from 10% to as much as 40%. Those savings were possible despite the additional engineering and server investments required to implement the VDI stack. Some companies even anticipated replacing up to 90% of their PCs with VDI alternatives.
But something happened on the way to VDI dominance. Employee demand for mobile devices, in line with the BYOD phenomenon, has refocused IT shops on delivering mobile device management capabilities, not VDI. On-the-go employees are gravitating toward new lightweight laptops, a variety of tablets and other non-desktop innovations that aren't VDI-friendly. Mobile employees want to use multiple devices; they don't want to be tied down to a single VDI-based interface. Read full story on InformationWeek
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