VDI: The "safe" alternative to doing the unknown

We've written a lot this year about VDI being ready for prime time, about companies trying to figure out what they're going to do next now that they're on Windows 7, and about how the future of the enterprise desktop is not as simple as VDI. All that aside, there's a definite feeling in late 2014 that many organizations are moving to VDI because.

We've written a lot this year about VDI being ready for prime time, about companies trying to figure out what they're going to do next now that they're on Windows 7, and about how the future of the enterprise desktop is not as simple as VDI.

All that aside, there's a definite feeling in late 2014 that many organizations are moving to VDI because... well... they've got to do something, and they're not exactly sure what that something is, so why not do this VDI thing which has been around for eight years and is somewhat mature and more-or-less proven?

And I wonder—is that bad?

What's the alternative? That we try to migrate all of our applications off of Windows? That we try to implement a cloud-based enterprise file sync and share which may-or-may-not be secure and which our employees may-or-may-not actually use? Do we try to build a mobility strategy? Is it too early to start planning for Windows 10? Do we just sit around and wait for calls to come in? Is this the year we can finally go to BriForum and Synergy and VMworld?

Suddenly VDI doesn't seem so bad... At least it's something.

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It may be possible that people are making the move to VDI because they are seeing the results in the form of case studies as well as anecdotal evidence from colleagues and industry analysts. Either way, it's a good thing, I think.


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