The NEW ERA OF CYBERSPACE AND INFORMATION HAS BEGUN
DESKTOP VIRTUALIZATION TAKES OFF
Matrix 42 the leading supplier of workplace management solutions which enables the seamless management of physical and virtual environments conducted a survey at this year’s Cebit held at Atlanta, Georgia on the 25th of March.
The research shows that desktop virtualization is finally being adopted by majority of the mainstream market, with around 59% of the companies are in process or are planning to execute virtualization within the next 6 months. The study has also found are significantly adopting desktop virtualization:
As the bar graph suggests: 80% of large organizations, 76% of medium and58% of small are in the planning stages of virtualizing their desktops with the smaller companies planning to virtualize a relatively higher percentage of their desktops then the larger companies which is a huge step forward and it seems 2011 will turn out to be the year virtualization takes off.
The matrix 42 survey also answered some of the previously unanswered questions that will help settle the hesitations we all have about desktop virtualization:
You should consider for which employees in your organization a desktop virtualization makes sense. After all, virtualization may not be suitable for every situation or every employee. You should consider the kind of work they commonly do, the desktop configurations they use, and the individual requirements they may have – for example if they need to be particularly flexible or mobile.
Concerns over using separate tools for managing physical and virtual desktops should not deter your organization. Instead, you should seek out solutions like Matrix42 that can manage both physical and virtual devices from the same console. This will save your IT department countless hours of efforts spent on managing a virtualized desktop environment.
It should be clear that a move to a virtual desktop environment does not eliminate the need for management. This is a common misconception, but in reality the management of virtual clients is more important than ever before. Organizations should carefully document the management requirements of your organization’s situation and research software tools that will help you with the virtualization of desktop environments.
Other reasons for this rapid increase in more user flexibility and mobility which was stated by 33 percent as the main benefit of moving to a virtualized desktop, followed by improved availability and performance (24 percent), hardware and software cost savings (22 percent) and improved security and compliance (22 percent). The survey also found BYOD (bring your own device) initiatives are popular, but managing and securing multiple devices creates extra challenges. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of companies already support use of their employees’ own devices like smartphones and tablets in the workplace, while 38 percent said they are planning to move in this same direction.
While at this same time companies are looking for ways to tackle the challenges that will result from this transformation such as the perceived needs for separate tools for managing the physical and virtual environments, and the time and effort that will be required to perfectly deploy and manage virtual desktops. You can understand how huge these concerns are when you 76% of the companies have either inhibited or delayed their plans for desktop virtualization. But when asked for the reasons why desktop virtualization was being deployed respondents have stated that it can actually (29% of them) believed they can realize sustainable hardware and software costs and savings with a 24 % increase driven by flexibility and mobility, while 18% want to improve their performance, and 17% stated they can also reducer management costs with virtualization.