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Desktop Virtualization: Too Many Options?

While desktop virtualization might not be moving as fast as the industry would like it to, Citrix and Microsoft are pumping the gas pedal as fast as they can. At Citrix’s recent analyst gathering, I was impressed by the company’s laser-like focus on the end user experience. Everything started with the user or the user’s favorite device, and worked back from there. The Receiver makes for a great demo, and it’s hard not to want your Windows 7 desktop on your iPad after seeing it demoed for two days…even if you don’t have an iPad.

I think Citrix is the large vendor to beat in the desktop virtualization space, in partnership with Microsoft, but there are still too many deployment options—app virtualization, hosted VDI, client hypervisor, even desktops-as-a-service—and while that makes the rate of technology evolution exciting, it can make planning and scoping daunting tasks for the customers who aren’t sure which combination is best for their needs.

I chatted with Bruce Hoard about this recently. And I also had a great conversation with Dave Marshall over at InfoWorld about the VDI space and, in particular, about Kaviza and their expanded “VDI in a box” appliance.

Let me know if you agree.

  • Premiered: 10/19/10
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Citrix Hoard Kaviza Marshall


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