I want to start off 2015 with a look at where we’re going and what’s going to be important in the world of desktop virtualisation. I think that VDI is going to be a lot more exciting in 2015 than ever before.
A lot more companies are going to adapt to these as they have really started realising its benefits. If they are not realising it now than the companies are really lagging behind on the roadmap, thus losing the competitive advantage. What we wanted from VDI is already there, like…
- We wanted better remoting protocols, which could support multimedia, high graphics, and lower bandwidth. We have that.
- We wanted to be able to remote applications that require GPUs. We have that.
- Storage isn’t a problem for VDI anymore. If you want to do persistent desktops (where every user’s disk image is different), we can do that, no problem. (And cheaply!) If you want to do non-persistent (shared) desktop images, we have modern app delivery solutions that can hit darn near 100% app compatibility.
- The major DaaS providers (VMware, Amazon, Microsoft, etc.) have all launched their DaaS platforms. For $50 a month you can have a full Windows desktop ready to run in 20 minutes.
- Citrix finally has competition for XenApp, which is healthy for the whole VDI ecosystem.
What more we can see in 2015…
- Microsoft can still add Windows client to SPLA and remove those asinine restrictions for hosting providers around physical hardware separation of clients.
- Windows 10 is a thing.
- Windows Server 2015 might have better features for VDI, RDSH, and remoting.
As for trends for the year, I guess it’s just going to be more than last year: People thinking about DaaS(Desktop as a Service). People are using VDI wherever possible. They have started realizing the benefits of VDI which have made it so special like:
- Reduces time to deployment dramatically (like 20 minis to deploy a new desktop!)
- Saves on infrastructure cost.
- Helps to build a secure environment, where anything can be easily monitored.
- Easy patching, updating, upgrades.
- Keeps the data secured.
- Central manageability
- Can be run on any device for Eg. Tablets, Mobiles, Thin Clients etc.
So as far as VDI is concerned a lot more companies are realising it’s benefit and thus adapting it to have an competitive edge.