From the "so close," department, a few weeks ago we learned that a new coalition has been formed around VDI, calling themselves The VDI Coalition. Not to be confused with the VDI Alliance, the other VDI Alliance, the VDI Industry Consortium, Blade.org, or the Bad News Bears, this VDI Coalition promises to "develop and promote solution architectures and best practices that will provide customers with a blueprint for optimizing VDI in their environment, remove the risk of single-vendor lock in, and ensure the highest levels of performance, security and cost containment."
So, um, good luck with that.
The VDI Coalition is made up of five companies:
- Pano Logic
- Silver Peak
Really? Can this motley crew drive the industry forward? Do we really think that if Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, and others couldn't do it, that these folks will? They have about zero mindshare in the industry, so I'm not sure how banding together into a coalition is going to really affect change.
The *** of it is that each of these companies are fine companies on their own. But they hardly offer a complete solution. This is like a sun roof manufacturer, a seat belt fabric vendor, a tire company, a gasoline company and a local body shop creating an "electric car coalition." There are a few holes in the total package, and the Toyotas, GMs, and Volkswagens of the world are just sitting on the sidelines snickering.
But this whole thing seems a bit hasty? Is it really VDI-only? Does a single solution really need both Virsto & Xiotech? Do the SMB clients that Pano Logic targets really need Virsto or Xiotech? Are these Glasshouse's primary vendors? Why aren't Citrix, Microsoft, or VMware on this list? What does the coalition recommend for app virtualization? How about user virtualization?
Make no mistake.. I have nothing against any of these companies. It's just that they're all smaller and not really mindshare-type people, and all their stuff combined is still only about 50% of what you need.
[UPDATE Dec 14 10:50am, Well, the VDI Coalition website just removed my twitter feed from their home page. I guess sharing the views of an independent analyst is only good as long as that analyst only writes what you want to hear. (Dunno if I should be surprised?) It's ok though. There are plenty of other analysts and bloggers who will say whatever you pay them to.]