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November 10, 2009



I love how we always, eventually, get back to mainframe technology. Virtual desktops are pretty much the same as the old dumb terminals from the 70's and 80's. There was an attempt to do this with UNIX technology in the 90's. I think they were "X-stations" (I don't remember exactly). Do users really want to give up the the "power" associated with a desktop? Maybe now is the time ... time will tell.

Doug Rainbolt

My question is how long can Teradici remain as an independent company? Will VMWare pick them up now before Teradici experiences great success in licensing others? Of course, there is always the question of Citrix’ war chest in this area, including its HDX technology. Regardless, it’s good to see two solid vendors target this space and compete to elevate the richness of the desktop experience, whatever the platform, wherever users find themselves. Dell, from my vantage point, appears to be siding with Citrix, at least in this area. The question will become how much clout Randy Groves has with his past employer to influence a shift. Personally, as an OEM, I might be nervous about too much dependency on Teradici; unless I had insight into its exit strategy. BTW, I wouldn’t be surprised to eventually see Dell-Perot-Citrix events.

Mark Bowker

"I, for one, want to live in this world." Are you looking to buy a MAC and run Windows 7 ;-)

A couple points ESG consistently gathers from end users:

1.) Desktop virtualization is driven from an IT executive level and typically not within the four walls of the data center like server virtualization. An ESG research report from early 2009 indicated that approximately 21% of organizations are using a VDI solution with another 8% planning to do so.

2.) VDI is ONE of many architectural delivery models for desktop virtualization. Desktop virtualization includes: VDI (centrally hosted & networked delivered), client side hypervisor (Type I) and application virtualization.

3.) VMware will likely face much stiffer competition from Citrix, Microsoft and even Symantec in this space than they have in the server virtualization market.

Lastly - we are seeing a bunch of interest in hosted desktops!

Dave Martinez

I think we are coming close to living in this world. For a number of my customers, the biggest hurdle was tuning up their server virtualization to set then up for desktop virtualization. I think we are getting to the point where most people have a pretty solid server virtualization model and are open to looking at desktop.

Along with that, and maybe more impotant, we are now able to find a much higher desktop to server ration with VDI.

I agree with Mark Bowker that VMware is going to be facing stiffer competition. Only 1 week after VMware released the new View, Citrix just unveiled XenDesktop 4. I am a big fan of this competition. When ESX was the only server kid on the block, improvements were slow. This competition with Citrix will keep VDI on it's toes.

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The technology has to stand on its own merits vs. competitive alternatives, but I think that most organizations will see value in standing up one comprehensive virtualized environment that can do both server-based applications as well as virtualized user experiences -- rather than a piecemeal approach.

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It would always be the users side that is mostly to be considered since they are the reasons of the performance development of every technological change. So I just have to agree with you that the move to desktop virtualization will be probably be driven less by IT-centric concerns, and more by knowledge workers that demand a working environment that follows them around from device to device, and works the way they do.

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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