Aside from all of the non-product announcements, the biggest disappointment to me so far has been the unsatisfied requirement with all virtual desktop platforms. From VMware Desktop Manager, to Desktone, to WebOS, I still need a desktop in order to first access my virtual or hosted desktop!
Now, the gentleman at the WebOS booth pointed out that we need to start separating the desktop and the OS, and I think that this is one of the most beautifully worded statements I’ve heard made about desktop evolution in the last 18 months. I plan to talk more about this later. However, what we cannot yet do is separate the desk from the desktop (at least not until Intel/AMD figure out how to put the RDP chip into our brains). In other words we have to have some type of device on our desk in order to provide networking, and KVM. The problem with this truth is that it means I still have to employ a desktop support team to manage what have effectively become dumb terminals.
But Andrew you say, why not just employ thin clients and remove all of that hassle? Won’t the problem be vanquished then? Perhaps, but thin clients tend to actually be a little on the cubby side. From what I have seen there is only one device on the market that can deservingly call itself a thin client — the Pano Logic Cube. The NASA engineers in Houston in the spring of 1970 had to pull of an amazing feat with the amount of power it takes to run a coffee maker. Pano Logic powers a thin client with 3 watts of power. The Hoston engineers would be proud.
VMware, Desktone, hear me. For you to impress me with VDI I want to see you acquire Pano Logic and offer an end-to-end solution for VDI. Provide the software and the desktop hardware. Create a virtual desktop solution and lose the desktop on my desk in the process.