“Help me manage users and then the devices will take care of themselves.” This is a quote from VMware's COO Tod Nielsen during the Q&A portion of the company's 2Q 2010 earnings call. (Thanks to Alessandro @virtualization.info for the great coverage.)
Continuing yesterday's conversation about the near-term opportunities for VDI to transform desktop delivery in the next few years, what do you think Tod's answer means?
I've written quite a bit about how desktop virtualization is different than server virtualization, and we heard Paul Maritz talk about the shift from devices to users way back at his first VMworld in 2008. So this "users not devices" message has been around for a few years. But do the products align with the message? Does View really focus on users?
Is VMware trying to spin their RTO Software purchase (to be called "Persona") as helping their user-centric focus? (To me it seems like RTO is a more tactical Windows user profile fix.) And VMware also confirmed on the Q2 call that Persona wouldn't even be in View 4.5.
Maybe VMware is trying to spin their decision to delay and/or cancel their client hypervisor as following the customer requests for more "user centric" solutions since client hypervisors are, umm... too device specific, or something? So a Type 2 client can be deployed to a user with device independence?
Maybe now that ThinApp can be licensed per user and apps can be deployed to groups, that's their idea of user management?
What do you think? When VMware says that they are going to help users manage users instead of devices, what does that mean? Is that something they're doing now, or something we're going to see from them in the future?