With the big annoucement yesterday around XenDesktop and VMware's quick turnaround of a Competitive Marketng newsflash, I started to think about how many enterprises are really pushing towards this type of virtualization. We all know that server virtualization is here to stay and that storage virtualization is starting to really pick up steam, but it seems to me that desktop virtualization is still lagging.
There was a survey a while back that was conducting by CIO.com that really brought this fact out. Out of all the CxO's interviewed 25% were using destkop virtualization, 13% planned on doing so within a year, and 21% planned to do so within one year to three years. What alarmed me in this survey was that 37% of respondents have no plans to use desktop virtualization. Really? What are CxO's waiting for?
I have been taking the approach to virtualization for the past few years that virtualization is the "how" to cut costs out of the data center, the "how" to provision servers and PC's on demand and "how" to putting together a solid DR plan. Now I think it's time to take this "how" to the real big cost in the enterprise today; desktop PCs. These still cost way to much in time and money to manage.
So tell me folks, what is holding up your organizations from moving to virtual desktops?
The one thing that really needs to be worked on now is the automation and management of virtual servers and desktops. I think once this really gets put together we will see a sudden upswing in the adoption curve for virtual desktops.