As users are getting more and more liberated through different kinds of wokstyles, IT technologies are merging together. IT consumerization and BYOD will be two main drivers. From my perspective three major topics are converging:
1. Laptop & Desktop PCs: PC refreshments and migration to new operating systems are classical drivers which won’t change in the future. The extended support for Windows XP will end April 18th, 2014 and Windows 8 is announced for the second half of 2012. The good news: The (fat) rich client is not dead and will continue to grow.
2. Mobile Devices: Tablets and smartphones are the biggest driver in those areas. Since the iPad was announced in 2010 the demand for tablets exploded. As those devices are expensive the demand cannibalizes the market of PCs. This is just the beginning of the Post-PC era.
3. Virtualization: Virtualization is more and more important as a revolution in the datacenter. It cuts costs through using hardware multiple times and higher density of servers and users. For me it is just a matter of time when Desktop Virtualization will also be effordable for consumers. Virtualization could be used to bridge the Microsoft Windows world to the mobile or new devices. There isn’t and won’t be a native application for every platform. And as the lifecycle for OS mobile devices is that fast, virtualization really is a technology to run business critical apps. Citrix CloudGateway or VMware Horizon will also bridge the gap to show them in a browser via HTML5.
Ok, there is a longer way to go, but it seems to be valid way for me, especially when you look at the Citrix Mobility Pack for XenApp. The different handling of new devices like gestures, voice etc. will definitly change the way how we use technology to getting the job done.
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