Read an interesting article at ZDNet from Dan Kusnetzky and wondering the same question: “Why hasn’t desktop virtualization taken over the world?”
Three thoughts about that:
1. Different view and definition about desktop virtualization
Desktop Virtualization has different meanings for each individual. From an abstract view I don’t agree with Dan that desktop virtualization is limited to “Access virtualization, Application Virtualization, Processing virtualization and Management of virtual environments”. It is part of it, but mixed models. Technically I love the “layer cake” concept of virtual computing what Citrix is pushing. Isolating hardware, operating system, application and profile and provision each layer on demand from server side to the local device. So different definition, other story. Compared to a broader market view, for example SBC was and is very successful in this area. Application virtualization as well as VDI or user virtualization.
2. Desktop virtualization is complex, but delivers more flexibility
Looking at the different vendors for each desktop virtualization layer, desktop virtualization is very complex and does not necessarly always save money. Costs are a very important dimension if you want find a decison about what technology to use. But you also have to consider the value of desktop virtualization which has a bigger mindset. You gain much more flexibility to other work styles especially with the challenge of mobile device proliferation and consumerization of IT.
3. Desktop virtualization is just a means to an end for business
Last but not least desktop virtualization should only help people to work better. Better means faster, more convenient, more innovative, that companies have a competitive advantage to run and evolve their businesses. No more, no less.
Conclusion: I truely believe in the value of desktop virtualization with all its technology variety. Just have a look at the latest Gartner hype cycle about virtualization and define desktop virtualization technolgies for it. This won’t correlate with the definition of Dan. Then have a look at the markets and its potential and answer yourself: Is desktop virtualization taken over the world? For sure. Is it the only technology to solve business problems? No. Cloud technologies are in the hype phase and still physical devices will stay. So the world is still colorful and will be heterogenous.
Comments? Please let me know your thoughts.