2011: The Year That Desktop Virtualization is Taking OffJune 15, 2011 No Comments
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.