I don't mean "you" as in "your users." I mean "you" as in "you personally." Why aren't YOU using VDI?
Is it because you're a road warrior? Because you need your VMs locally? Because you're a Mac user? Because you need graphically intense applications? Because you don't want to cede control? Because you hate your boss?
Excuses, excuses! With a topic as contentious as VDI, it seems that all we can agree on is that it's better for other people, but not us. "It's all about use cases," they'll say, "and the we don't fit the profile." We're all VDI NIMBYs!
Everywhere I go in this industry--conferences, vendor offices, my office--all I see are laptops. And these laptop users sure aren't using VDI. I don't see people at Citrix, Quest, Microsoft, or VMware using VDI. Sure, they'll tell you that there's a corporate VDI environment that they can connect to if they want, but if you push them you learn it's something that they used twice when it first came out and never again since.
Face it: Windows 7 installed locally on a laptop is really damn good. And VDI is not going to beat it anytime soon. Not this year. Not next year. Not in five years.
The collected masses aren't stupid. If VDI were so cheap, convenient, manageable, flexible, and wonderful then everyone would be using it. Don't kid yourself: VDI is a niche. 10% max* at best. Mark my words.
*VDI will be 10% max. That might be 10% of all users, or 100% of users for 10% of their apps.
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