Stop wasting your time on VDI 1.0

Author: Amitabh Sinha

Publish on: Dec 17, 2015 3:51:00 PM

vdi-market-2011Back in 2011, there was considerable optimism about the future of VDI. There were numerous forecasts about how as much as 30% of desktops in the enterprise would be virtualized. This optimistic forecast is just one example of the many different VDI forecasts provided across the industry by analysts such as Gartner, Forrester, and even investment banks like Morgan Stanley.

But by 2014, Gartner said:  "Through 2017, HVDs will be used by no more than 8% of the traditional PC installed base of users." Why did VDI go from a 30% solution in 2011 to an 8% solution in 2014?

Why was there so much excitement about VDI in 2011? A few reasons:

(1) The emergence of BYOD with devices like iPhone, iPad and Android phones: CIOs were under tremendous pressure to support these new devices in their organizations. The pressure often came from the most senior executives in the organization. CIOs believed that VDI could help them solve this problem.

(2) Desktop management is hard: Companies need to have desktop and network support personnel  even at small locations in order to make sure end users could be productive. Desktop images are hard to maintain, patch, and update. Configuration management tools worked 90% of the time - but a lot of time and resources are utilized to fix the 10% of the times it doesn't work. So when VDI promised the vision of one desktop image that needs to be updated once, desktop management teams were excited.

(3) Promise of cost savings similar to server virtualization: By 2011, most IT organizations were virtualizing upwards of 70% of their servers. In many cases, they had virtualized 100% of their servers. The cost savings were significant - instead of 8 servers, you could have 1 server. There was anticipation that lower management costs could deliver similar savings for desktops.

(4) Security Use Cases in Finance, Healthcare, Manufacturing

But the first generation of VDI 1.0 solutions were (and are) expensive and complex. Customers had to deploy load balancers, brokers, databases, licensing servers, provisioning servers, and portals in highly available configurations in order to do VDI. Multiple IT teams - servers, storage, networking, databases, and end user computing - had to be involved in every single deployment. A customer could take months, sometimes years, to deploy the solution. 

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Our team set out to re-invent VDI and solve these challenges.  Our goal was to enable customers to delivers virtual apps and desktops to their users in minutes vs. months. By starting with a clean sheet of paper, we were able to design a solution that is 100x better than VDI 1.0 solutions. We killed complexity with a single solution that allows customers to deploy virtual apps and desktops on-premises, in the cloud, or both using a single solution.

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On the left, you get cost, complexity and old technology. On the right, you get a modern solution and the promise of VDI - delivered!  We'll help you manage your time and money better.

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