Desktop virtualization: look before you leap

At a recent Softchoice-hosted conference in Toronto, customers turned up in droves to learn about one thing – the virtual desktop.

If the popularity of this event signals one thing it’s that interest in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has reached a tipping point. And for good reason. A look at the average desktop environment will tell you why so many are giving serious consideration to this shift in computing.

A recent Softchoice study of over 900,000 PCs paints a startling picture: in the average corporate environment 38 percent of system warranties have expired. That number will climb to 54 percent within six months suggesting PC refresh cycles have been stretched to their limit. On the software side, 98 percent are still running Windows XP – an OS about to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Simply put, companies are at a crossroads. Today, there are more choices for how to deliver the desktop to end users– from upgrading to Windows 7 and replacing aging fat clients, to combining application virtualization with some local computing power, to deploying VDI or, more realistically, a combination of all three. The question is no longer “Should I refresh my infrastructure,” but “How?” [Read more…]