Posted by: TheTechster
Citrix Synergy, Desktop Virtualization, Matrix42, VDI
So, we mentioned this survey the other day from Matrix24 showing that 59 percent of companies surveyed at 2011 Citrix Synergy are either in the process of deploying desktop virtualization, or planning to deploy within the next six months. I guess that’s one of the reasons they were attending the show, right?
So why are they doing it – what are the key drivers to their desktop virtualization initiatives? Their answers:
- Reduce management or support costs: 42 percent
- More user flexibility and mobility: 33 percent
- Improved availability or performance: 24 percent
- Hardware and/or software cost savings: 22 percent
- Improved security and compliance: 22 percent
What are some of the other survey results?
- When asked if they would prefer to manage physical and virtual desktops with the same management tool or separate tools, 70 percent of respondents said they would prefer the same tool, while 27 percent said the had no preference. Only three percent would prefer separate tools.
- When asked how long they expected their initial deployment of virtual desktops to take, 21 percent said more than 12 months; 13 percent said nine to 12 months; 16 percent said six to nine months; 16 percent said three to six months; 23 percent said less than three months, and 11 percent said they didn’t know.
- When asked about the trend towards “bring your own device,” 62 percent said they either currently support it or are working on it. Another 28 percent said they don’t support it and have no plans to support it.
On the same topic, respondents were asked what are the biggest challenges they see to the bringing your own device initiatives. Their most common answers, in order, were:
- Ensuring security
- Managing multiple types of devices
- Ensuring a consistent user experience
- Ensuring employees have access to their applications
- Ensuring employees have access to their data
What do you think? How do these answers mesh with yours? Feel free to post a comment.