Posted by: TheTechster
InfoWorld, VDI, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
What are the biggest obstacles to more widespread VDI adoption? Here are my top three reasons, different than what many others seem to be pontificating.
Reason #1: Who, What, Why and How: I state it this way with a bit of tongue-in-cheek, but the reality is that many organizations don’t take the time to really go through a thorough evaluation of:
- Who in the organization will most benefit from deploying VDI, taking into consideration the desktop requirements of these users, the cultural issues involved in deploying new desktop solutions to them, and the types of work they are doing that would lend themselves to more centralized solutions for their business activities? Is there really a compelling need and how is that need to be articulated?
- What business processes and applications make sense for the initial rollout and subsequent scale out of VDI?
- Why are you even considering VDI in the first place for the users, business processes and applications outlined above?
- How are you going to roll it out, how much are you going to invest in the initial infrastructure, how are you going to deal with your existing desktop deployments, how are you going to test applications, how are you going to assess user success, how are you going to determine such pretty important measures as ROI and TCO.
Reason # 2: Upfront Investment: IT departments and pundits, like everyone else, are not immune to overstating potential results and underestimating what it will take to achieve those results. With VDI you are going to be investing significantly in your networks, storage and servers. There’s absolutely no way around it. You’ll need more capacity and more performance and more bandwidth, no matter what the size and scope of your initial VDI deployment. So be upfront with management about what this thing will really cost, and then put in place the analysis and justification about what it will reap over the long term.
Reason 3: Overcoming Inertia: I look at inertia as coming from a wide range of sources, each one on its own able pose a VDI roadblock, but altogether creating enough questions to stifle any innovative initiative. First there is the inertia of the IT departments – there’s been a lot of time, energy, resources and training involved in the current way of doing things. Changing that means learning new skills, creating new approaches, upsetting the status quo. While IT definitely gains more control in a VDI environment, there is definitely no gain without pain. Second there’s the inertia of the industry itself. Not everyone gains so much from widespread deployment of VDI, particularly Microsoft, whose main desktop goal right now is to get most of its customers moved over to Windows 7 and not to a thin client architecture. Third, there’s the inertia of users. Why do they want their desktops changed? For the most part they don’t and, depending upon what you offer them, expect them to put up a fight.
As noted, your friend The Techster is not the only one thinking about VDI roadblocks. InfoWorld recently did a good piece on Top 5 obstacles to wider VDI adoption. While the author’s top five was different than my top three, there were some similarities and some agreement. Here is Infoworld’s Top Five:
- VDI requires the desktop, storage, network, virtualization and data center guys to work together.
- The nature of desktops has changed, but many IT organizations are at a standstill, unsure how to respond.
- Some people believe VDI is too costly, complex and ineffective
- Companies are still looking to squeeze efficiencies out of their current investments.
- VDI has been slow to promote successes.
I’m prejudiced, but I like my list better. A little more esoteric and ethereal, I’d say. What do you think?