2014 Year in Review: Big stories, trends, acquisitions, and controversy

The end of this year is the same as other years, where at first I think, "Wow, I can't believe this year is over already!" But then as I look back through the stories we've written this year, I think, "Wow!

The end of this year is the same as other years, where at first I think, “Wow, I can’t believe this year is over already!” But then as I look back through the stories we’ve written this year, I think, “Wow! *that* happened this year? That was so long ago???"

Looking at the desktop virtualization and end user computing market, 2014 saw a few major trends

Major trends & biggest stories of 2014

For me the biggest story of the year, hands down, was that VMware entered the RDSH / published apps space. Whether you like VMware or not, it’s great to see a major competitor to Citrix XenApp that gets everyone’s attention.

Another big story in 2014 was DaaS. Gabe wrote an article in late 2013 asking whether 2014 would be "The Year of DaaS." (He answered himself last week with Was 2014 “The Year of DaaS?”) Whether you believe 2014 was “the” year of DaaS is up for debate, but we can all agree that 2014 was a significant year for DaaS since it’s the year that AmazonMicrosoft, and VMware all released their public DaaS offerings.

2014 is also the year that I first heard of “VMI”, or “Virtual Mobile Infrastructure.” VMI is just like VDI, except for mobile OSes. (So you run Android VMs in your datacenter and then remotely deliver Android apps to mobile devices.) We covered this extensively in our three-part (1, 2, 3) podcast series with Raytheon. VMI is going to be huge.

Finally, on a more personal level, 2014 will go down as the year that I finally changed my stance on non-persistent desktops. After years of saying “VDI needs to be persistent, non-persistent should be RDSH,” I now believe that—due to technological advancements in storage, mobile devices, and the web, it’s now possible (and it makes sense in many cases) to build non-persistent VDI environments. 


We saw a few big acquisitions in 2014 too:

And, of course:

Other big stories

In addition to the major stories and trends of the year, there were also a bunch of other less important but still noteworthy stories: 

Startups & new companies

2014 was not a big year for startups in the desktop virtualization space, as the only one we wrote about was Jentu.

Now when it comes to mobile, that’s a different story, as we covered several mobile startups this year:


As for the BrianMadden.com team at TechTarget (Gabe, Jack, and me), we completed our sixth year of working for TechTarget, and all is still well. After almost 2,000 articles, videos, and podcasts published just since then, TechTarget has never once tried to tell us what to cover or told us that we can’t publish something. (And we’ve written some things that have *really* pissed off some sponsors!) But they’ve been great. We owe a big thanks to our Marya Lyons (our team’s manager), Justin Meisinger (our video & podcast producer), and Rebecca Kitchens (our publisher—the one who takes the flack from pissed off advertisers).

Our most-viewed story of 2014, with 41k views, was my story announcing VMware’s entry into the RDSH and App Publishing space. (I told you that was big!) Gabe’s top article with 13k views was about Citrix buying Framehawk, and Jack’s piece on Samsung KNOX got 11k views.

We had two more successful BriForum conferences this year (thanks to our amazing TechTarget coworkers who do all the hard work) in Boston and Denver, as well as four successful road show series (VDI, EMM, Modern Infrastructure, and Storage Decisions).

Oh, and Gabe and I published our DaaS book (5 stars on Amazon!) this year which has been wildly successful. That was a big deal for us.

Overall we published 259 stories, videos, and podcasts, spoke at 45 events, shot about 20 videos, did 9 podcasts, and completed one office move.

Thanks for a great 2014, and we look forward to continuing what we believe to be the best job in the world in 2015!

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"I now believe that—due to technological advancements in storage, mobile devices, and the web, it’s now possible (and it makes sense in many cases) to build non-persistent VDI environments."

What changed your mind? Would love to hear more!


Karen J. Bannan, commenting on behalf of IDG and VMware.



Kudos on your achievements this year - another year in which you guys have been a significant factor in the desktop and application virtualization space. And EMM.

This has been a significant year for me as well: after many years I've left Ericom Software and this entire space (I now work at Wix). I presented at BriForum Boston and was voted one of the best five speakers! (video of my session is the most viewed BriForum Boston recording).

Happy New Year to Brian, Gabe, Jack all my many friends who frequent BrianMadden.com




I linked to the article where I described my views on why I've changed my mind about non--persistent desktops in the text: