Welcome to the brand-new Matrix42 blog! We’re looking forward to bringing you the insights of our experienced and enthusiastic management team as we explore various topics in the world of workplace management.
Today we’re very excited to kick off the blog with some interesting results of a desktop virtualization survey we launched at Citrix Synergy San Francisco, which took place on May 25-27, 2011. It was another great Citrix event, and a venue for a number of Citrix and partner news announcements, including our own news that we’ve released several new features for managing virtual and physical environments.
We asked enterprise IT professionals at Citrix Synergy for their opinions on the state of desktop virtualization. The findings in a nutshell? Desktop virtualization, at long last, is really taking off in 2011. Our survey found that the majority of organizations are either in process of deploying virtual desktops or planning to start deploying them within the next six months, and an additional eight percent said they have already finished their deployment.
A few more survey findings:
- While desktop virtualization is taking off in the mainstream, physical desktops aren‘t going away anytime soon. 50 percent of respondents expect to support a mix of virtual and physical desktops indefinitely.
- There is no across-the-board driver for desktop virtualization. While the biggest perceived benefit of desktop virtualization is reduced cost of management and support, several other benefits received significant numbers of responses, including more user flexibility and mobility, improved availability and performance, hardware and software cost savings, and improved security and compliance.
- Respondents overwhelmingly (70 percent) prefer a single tool to manage physical and virtual desktops together, instead of separate tools.
- In general, companies have realistic expectations for how long their virtual desktop deployments will take, with only 23 percent expecting their initial deployment to take three months or less, and 50 percent estimating more than six months.
- “Bring your own device” (BYOD) initiatives are growing in popularity, with most organizations either already supporting this or working to support it, and only 28 percent of companies with no plans to support BYOD.
This is just a snapshot of the full survey; for full results you can access your free copy here: http://www.matrix42.com/downloads/survey-synergy
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