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Sure, tablets and smartphones are all the rage, but just like television didn’t kill the radio, these new mobile devices and PCs will co-exist and support their appropriate use cases.
What isn’t a stretch (at least, I don’t think so) is that we’re entering the post-native-PC era. Desktop virtualization, like server virtualization, simply makes too much business sense. It provides better endpoint security and manageability for IT, and end users gain flexibility and avoid costly downtime (due to viruses, malware and other PC issues).
I doubt many CIOs — particularly at this point in time — are striving for a 100% remote desktop virtualizaiton adoption. Those that are subscribe to Henry Ford’s view on color choice for consumers.
Finally, the way to extract the benefits of virtualization without going all the way is to: a) avoid the costly server-centric approach to desktop virtualization (aka VDI) and b) ditch the thought of having to replace PCs with thin clients. [A href="http://www.virtualcomputer.com/20110920/wp/a-smarter-approach-to-desktop-virtualization"]Intelligent desktop virtualization[/A] (IDV) is gaining traction in the market because it involves local execution and centralized image management…using desktops and laptops organizations have already invested in (or must continue purchasing due to certain use cases).]]>
VMware’s “post-PC era” catchphrase really just refers to decreasing reliance on PCs in the business world, which is happening for a number of reasons far beyond desktop virtualization, such as cloud computing, Web and mobile apps, smartphones and tablets and even social networking. The PC and the traditional enterprise software it runs will still be important, but it’s not the only way to do things anymore. I think that’s what VMware truly means by the “post-PC era.”]]>