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  1. 1. Home | Newsletter | Feedback | Media Kit | Help Search Search by Web issue | Sitemap------------------------------------------------------------This story was printed from Dataquest at http://dqindia.ciol.comDo you want to receive FREE weekly Information Technology updates by email?Sign up for our newsletters at Title: Solving the Desktop QuandaryURL: http://dqindia.ciol.commakesections.asp/12022201.aspSection: DQ CIO SeriesAuthor Name: Stuti DasAuthor Email: to a study commissioned by Citrix, 91% of the respondents have implemented desktopvirtualization or plan to do so before the end of 2013; and out of these, 92% are taking to desktopvirtualization to improve information security.No longer the stuff of theory, desktop virtualization is here to stay for good and in the process, willtransform the way Indians work and enterprises function. In fact, a survey by the erstwhileSpringboard Research corroborates this thinking by noting that among all the various types ofvirtualization (server, storage, network, and desktop), it is the humble desktop virtualization that willoffer a fully virtualized interactive set-up for the work-from-home working class.In case you still dont seem convinced, here are some more facts. A Frost & Sullivan report hasforecasted that the desktop virtualization market, including hardware, software, licensing, andmanagement tools is estimated to have been at $79.24 mn in 2008 and is expected to grow at aCAGR of 33.31% from 2008 to 2015.The Indian market, by virtue of it being an outsourcing hub, is clearly becoming favorite with thedesktop virtualization vendors, who do not tire of mentioning the benefits of it for the BPO businesses.But the benefits clearly are huge-keeping in mind the large volumes of desktops used by most BPOs(and of course the costs incurred in procuring and maintenance), with VDI, you could easily have1,000 people working on only 400 physical desktops.No Longer the PariahDefining desktop virtualization, Indranil Guha, head, IT integration, Spencers Retail says, "Instead ofusing the computing power of a local PC/laptop/client device, when the computing power of a centralcomputer is used and shared by multiple users having low-end local devices (to interact with thecentral server)-it is called desktop virtualization.Desktop virtualization, even though is a relatively recent term being thrown about in the CIO
  2. 2. communities, yet the time is not too far when it will redefine the way Indian enterprises define accessto IT and applications. In fact, the developed markets are already in the process of deploying VDI andthereby giving the much-required work flexibility, allowing employees to access the resources fromanytime-anywhere without losing out on quality. The adoption of VDI has made the employee locationimmaterial. However to add here, it is also about allowing enterprises to do more with less, toaccomplish more work even without incurring costs and with lean resources; it makes businessesmore agile and leaner, and also keeps the employees happy.Meheriar Patel, CTO and head, IT and e-commerce, Globus Stores says, "The adoption of VDI, moreor less, is dependent on the mindset of individual organization, if the CIO wants to promote it, there isno stopping him. However having said that the RoIs are great. For instance, if I want to change myPC, in the traditional scenario, I will have to change the whole PC but if its a virtual desktop, onlycertain type of apps will have to be added."BenefitsFor the CIOs, desktop virtualization presents a win-win situation, with benefits like data securityguaranteed irrespective of the device from which the data is accessed, improved data security andapplication, and most importantly simplifying risk management.Amol Vidwans, head, IT, MARG, one of the few CIOs who have been there, done that when it comesto VDI, is much in favor of desktop virtualization. He explains, "Desktop virtualization is an idealsolution wherein data security is of prime importance, wherein deployment and use of mission criticallegacy applications is needed and you need to deploy and allocate resources on the fly and quickly."Unlike the popular perception, that desktop virtualization is only suitable for verticals wherein there isa demand for large volumes of PCs (education and retail), most senior IT executives with theexception of Guha (from Spencers) think otherwise. Patel says, "VDI is not an acceptable model inengineering CAD environment but for a normal usage, it is much recommended. There are noprescribed verticals wherein VDI can be used, in fact it is much used in the manufacturing vertical."Guha, as the sole dissenting voice adds, "Desktop virtualization is more suitable for deployment ingreenfield projects and even in verticals like education, wherein there is demand for PCs."According to a Citrix survey, 91% of the respondents implementing desktop virtualization say it is veryeffective at supporting compliance requirements, while 89% also say such solutions protect againstthe exposure of private data and data loss. Centralized, granular policy control enabled by desktopvirtualization allows IT to handle compliance proactively by allowing an organization to develop anappropriate information security strategy for its own industry, business needs, and risk profile.
  3. 3. Corporate PC vs VDIThe debate has been raging on for some time now. Most critics seem to be sounding the death knellfor the ubiquitous corporate PC with the arrival of the mobile devices including tablets and withcompanies allowing these devices to be used in enterprise network. But the biggest perceived threatto the corporate PC is now coming from desktop virtualization. However this is not here to stay, feelCIOs that corporate PCs are outliving its utility. Guha echoes that the arrival of desktop virtualizationdoes not spell the end of the road for corporate PCs.Patel says, "Organizations are ready for the future when they implement VDI, desktops therefore, arepass."Vidwans gives a more realistic picture. Desktop virtualization does not save much cost on operatingsystem software licensing and also the hardware is not very cheap compared to the PC desktop. But,there are cost savings on-administration, managing the infrastructure, and other related activities.------------------------------------------------------------Copyright (c) 2007 CyberMedia India Online Ltd . All rights reserved. Additional reproduction in whole or in partor in any form or medium without express written permission of CIOL is prohibited.Send your questions to