Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has been touted as the current virtualization application that cannot be missed. Virtualization of desktops can take a significant investment of resources just to get off the ground and in-house knowledge (or consulting) to configure and maintain.
Justification of spending the money for what ends up being a project that typically does not realize any ROI until the next scheduled desktop hardware refresh is a hard pill for management to swallow. Plus, with IaaS and SaaS solutions stepping up as the next wave of infrastructure changes, VDI continues to be that much more of a difficult solution to justify.
Several vendors are creating VDI solutions that reduce complexity, cost, and simplify administration. Citrix (purchased Kaviza) offers a VDI-in-a-Box solution utilizing XenServer and XenDesktop. Pivot3 offers a 60-minute setup VMware View environment. Dell is bundling their hardware with Citrix solutions. Even VMware is offering a Fusion-io and View VDI appliance.
Do you think that vendors providing a more appliance-based VDI solution adds more value than building on your own?
Additionally, do you see VDI as being a more niche solution or do you believe it may see a wider adoption in the coming years?
While I am no expert, I can't help but think that mobile devices are going to drive this path.
Having a single desktop/repository for your work files/apps and then having the flexibility to access that desktop via a multitude of clients will change the way folks work. Connect at your "desk" at work, connect on a smart phone, tablet, or even your home computer. Application costs could be reduced as you would run one copy of the app regardless of the client/location.
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