Why CIOs Are Adopting Virtual Desktops

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-19-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Costly Acquisition
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    Costly Acquisition

    More than two out of five IT professionals and executives at organizations with at least 100 employees said their department spends $100,000 or more annually on desktop hardware and software.
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    More than 45% of IT professionals and execs said they spend anywhere from 21% to 50% of their time dealing with desktop upgrades, hardware/software installations, trouble shooting, user issues, etc.
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    Renewal Cycle

    Nearly one-half said their companies refresh their employees' computers every four to five years, while two out of five do so every two to three years.
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    About one-third of IT professionals and executives said their organization uses a combination of traditional desktops and virtual ones, compared to nearly two-thirds of those who said their organizations use traditional desktops only.
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    Change of Plans

    Nearly 33% within organizations not currently using virtual desktops plan to move their employees to some type of virtual desktop within the next three years.
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    Rave Reviews

    97% of those using Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) are satisfied with these.
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    About 45% of survey respondents at organizations using virtual desktops said 11% to 50% of their employees use them, and 22% said more than one-half of all workers are using virtual desktops.
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    72% of survey respondents at these organizations are using self-hosted VDI.
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    Six out of 10 said their companies have used virtual desktops to enable staff to work remotely during an outage, severe weather incident or other business disruption.
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    Top Benefits of Virtual Desktops

    Mobility enablement: 59%, Time savings/efficiency: 56%, Security: 45%, Cost savings: 40%
 

CIOs and other executives are increasingly turning to virtual desktop deployment primarily to enhance mobility initiatives, according to a recent survey from Evolve IP. The "2015 Evolve IP State of the Desktop" report reveals that technologies such as Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) are increasing efficiencies while saving on costs-in addition to elevating the overall state of information security within the enterprise. As a result, IT departments aren't spending as much time on desktop-associated performance issues. Another benefit: Virtual desktops are emerging as the “go to” means to keep employees working remotely during a major business disruption. "We are seeing serious interest in deploying virtual desktops not only with early adopters, but with well-established, more conservative organizations," said Tim Allen, chief sales officer for Evolve IP. "The demand for a virtual desktop that is accessible 24/7, from any location, on almost any Internet-enabled device is increasing." More than 1,030 IT professionals and executives took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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