Posted by: TheTechster
Citrix Synergy, Microsoft, The VAR Guy, VDI, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
One of the big events in the VDI market each year is Citrix Synergy, which took place last week in San Francisco. I wasn’t able to attend, but I did notice that my good friend The VAR Guy was there and I popped him a few questions about the event, and about how resellers view VDI in general. If you are not familiar with The VAR Guy, he/it is the most interesting and fun blog in the channel and a must-read for anyone involved in the reseller community. Anyway, here’s our quick Q&A:
The Techster: What did you think of Citrix Synergy?
The VAR Guy: The event proved that the virtualization market remains in hyper growth mode, with growing interest in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). It seems pretty darn clear that virtualization is both an opportunity and a challenge. It vastly improves server utilization rates and application access from all types of devices. But that also creates the need for new management tools to oversee all of those virtualized desktops and servers.
The Techster: What did you make of the Microsoft/Citrix announcement from last week?
The VAR Guy: The companies have worked together on a range of projects for more than a decade; it’s good to see that continuing. It seems like VDI is the next natural opportunity. Lots of businesses are looking for ways to go from Windows XP to Windows 7. And VDI may ease those migrations. By centralizing and virtualizing Windows 7 systems on servers, it’s far easier for businesses to manage user images and applications.
The Techster: What do VARs think about VDI in general?
The VAR Guy: Overall, most VARs still view VDI as an emerging opportunity. But smart VARs are piloting or deploying VDI solutions now. The big opportunity seems to involve mobility. With VDI, users can access all of their desktop applications from smart phones, tablets, notebooks, PCs and more. But it takes a good VAR to deploy VDI with the proper security, identity management and corporate compliance settings in place.
Any VARs out there? What do you think about VDI? Is The VAR Guy on target (as usual)? Please feel free to comment.