Virtualization Slideshow: Desktop Virtualization: Are We There Yet?

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-28-2011
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59% of respondents are either in the process of, or plan on, deploying desktop virtualization within the next six months.

The hype over the tech trend of desktop virtualization might have you believing that companies are adopting it across the board at the highest of capacity levels. But that's not the case, according to a survey conducted by Matrix42, a vendor of workplace management and automation solutions. Certainly, the launching of desktop virtualization initiatives is on the rise in today's workplaces, the research reveals. But decision-makers are still dipping their toes, relatively speaking, as opposed to taking the big plunge. Which means CIOs and other IT managers expect to oversee an environment in which both traditional and virtual options are deployed for some time. "2011 seems to be the year that businesses stop speculating about virtualization and actually invest in it," says Matrix42 CEO Herbert Uhl. "Unfortunately, however, there won't be a clear-cut switch for most organizations. For the IT manager, the new challenge will be managing a mix of physical and virtual desktops -- for the long run." The report also sheds light on the impact of the use of employees' personal devices at work. Matrix 42 surveyed more than 90 tech execs at the Citrix Synergy 2011 conference, May 25-27 in San Francisco. Here are selected highlights:

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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