Updated on 23 September 2010
V.Srinivas, CIO, Nagarjuna Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd.
The maturity levels of desktop virtualisation adoption today are certainly better than the preceding four years. There is an increased awareness of the way the VDI project ROI / cost benefit is calculated. This is about moving away from the cost calculation based only on hardware and software product or feature. Now customers are taking cognisance of the overall technology framework and working out a suitable model in deploying an effective VDI solution.
Satish Pendse, President, Highbar Technologies Ltd.
Desktop virtualisation might have reached the desired maturity levels in technical terms; however, it is yet to become as common as server virtualisation.
For desktop virtualisation to become viable and to fully serve its intended purpose, one needs to have an extremely high number of desktops and ideally at a single location. The number needs to be in thousands. How many organisations satisfy this criterion? Therefore, the small number of organisations limits the true techno-commercial value proposition, and hence obviously, there is not as much penetration as server virtualisation.
Secondly, the use of laptops has increased over desktops, and the laptop users are more mobile.
Arun Sheth, Head - Software Development, GATI-KWE
I do not think desktop virtualisation has reached the required maturity levels, primarily because of cost benefit analysis and ease of usage. The main drawback I see is that desktop virtualisation may affect data security and users may not find it convenient to share their files/data, thereby leading to inefficiency/productivity. In addition, network clogging becomes an issue and performance may decline. To remove this bottleneck, higher investments may be called for.
Nevertheless, desktop virtualisation allows for quick sharing and control of data and multi-user editing/viewing. This would also lead to standardisation of client workstations, thus reducing the aworkload of maintenance on IT Infrastructure.
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