Following up on my 2014 year in review article from last week, I want to start off 2015 with a look at where we're going and what's going to be important in the world of desktop virtualization. (Jack will write a similar article covering enterprise mobility on Wednesday.)
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For me the major "story" about desktop virtualization in 2015 is that there is no major story. I mean look at everything we wanted before:
- We wanted better remoting protocols which could support multimedia, high graphics, lower bandwidth. We have that.
- We wanted to be able to remote applications that require GPUs. We have that.
- Storage isn't a problem for VDI anymore. If you want to do persistent desktops (where every user's disk image is different), we can do that, no problem. (And cheaply!) If you want to do non-persistent (shared) desktop images, we have modern app delivery solutions that can hit darn near 100% app compatibility.
- The major DaaS providers (VMware, Amazon, Microsoft, etc.) have all launched their DaaS platforms. For $50 a month you can have a full Windows desktop ready to run in 20 minutes.
- Citrix finally has competition for XenApp.
- Microsoft has per-user licensing for Windows clients.
- Windows 7 is out.
I mean really, what's actually left for 2015?
- Microsoft can still add Windows client to SPLA and remove those asinine restrictions for hosting providers around physical hardware separation of clients.
- Windows 10 is a thing? Will be a thing? Though it's not like enterprises are going to run out and migrate to it.
- Windows Server 2015 might have better features for VDI, RDSH, and remoting. Though again... meh?
You know, I started this article as a look-ahead for 2015, but really, considering how far we've come in the desktop virtualization space in the last decade, what else is left? I feel like all the big problems have been solved, and everything else is just gravy?
As for trends for the year, I guess it's just more of last year: People thinking about DaaS. People using VDI where it makes sense. Maybe slow growth of the market.
I dunno. What do you think? What are the big stories of 2015? What would you like to see?