2011: The Year That Desktop Virtualization is Taking Off

June 15, 2011 No Comments

SOURCE: PRNewswire

Mainstream adoption of desktop virtualization will finally become a reality in 2011 with 59 percent of companies deploying within the next six months, according to a new survey of enterprise IT professionals conducted by Matrix42(www.matrix42.com), a leading supplier of workplace management solutions. However, IT professionals will also face the reality of managing hybrid virtual/physical desktop environments, which will increasingly include users’ own devices. To read the full report, please visit http://www.matrix42.com/downloads/survey-synergy.

Key takeaways include:

Desktop virtualization is taking off

  • Fifty-nine percent of companies are either in the process of, or plan on, deploying within the next six months.
  • Today, five percent of desktops are virtualized; by next year, this is expected to rise to 20 percent


But physical desktops are not going away, a mix will be the new normal

  • Only four percent of companies expect to go completely virtual.
  • Fifty percent expect to support a mix of virtual and physical desktops indefinitely.


Reduced cost of management tops benefits driving desktop virtualization adoption

  • Forty-two percent of respondents cited reduced cost of management and support as the biggest perceived benefit of desktop virtualization.
  • More user flexibility and mobility was stated by 33 percent.
  • Improved availability and performance – 24 percent.
  • Twenty-two percent said hardware and software cost savings.
  • Improved security and compliance – 22 percent.


“Bring your own device” (BYOD) initiatives are popular but managing and securing multiple devices creates extra challenges

  • Twenty-four percent of companies already support use of their employees’ own devices like smartphones and tablets in the workplace.
  • Thirty-eight percent are planning on it.


No to separate IT management tools

  • An overwhelming number of respondents (70 percent) confirmed their desire to use a single tool for managing both physical and virtual desktops rather than having to use separate solutions.

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