The Convergence of Virtualization, PCs and Mobile Devices

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:

Convergence of IT for administrators and end users

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.

What do you think? Please leave a comment to share your thoughts.

3 thoughts on “The Convergence of Virtualization, PCs and Mobile Devices

  1. I am a Grad student and worked through a non-profit to conserve energy at my university. One of the things I tried to implement was to get our IT to combine a lot of our servers through virtualization, also emphasizing the fact that not only does it save money through reduced energy, its easier to maintain a working network when one server fails. The problem I had in my case is that there was a lack of support because staff gets paid the same whether they do virtualization or not, and they communicated to everyone that many programs were not “possible to virtualize”.

  2. I think you can expand this overall discussion to include People and Processes. People from both an operations perspective and end user. I think end users are voting with their lack of adoption of the current BYOD options for the Laptop/Desktop. Virtualization is a great way to deliver VDI but not BYOD. End users want the native interaction you are speaking with products like Citrix Cloud Gateway or Horizon.

    BYOD is a great driver for operational cost savings but only if we can crack the nut of how to increase the end user adoption rate beyond the core technical staff.

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