Promise of Faster, Cheaper Desktop Service Will Drive Desktop Virtualization Adoption in 2010: New study by Info-Tech Research Group



    LONDON, ON, June 16 /CNW/ - Desktop virtualization is a game changing
technology that can reduce IT operational costs while increasing efficiency
and agility in desktop management, says Info-Tech Research Group. 30% of IT
leaders have plans to implement a Desktop Virtualization solution by the end
of 2010.
    "IT departments typically invest significant time, effort, and budget
into the acquisition, configuration, deployment and support of PCs on
desktops," said John Sloan, senior research analyst for Info-Tech Research
Group. "Desktop virtualization changes the game from distributed asset
management to efficient desktop service delivery."
    In desktop virtualization end users access virtual PCs that are hosted on
a server. These vitual PCs can be accessed from a traditional workstation, a
home PC, a laptop or a thin client terminal. Increased speed and efficiency in
desktop and application deployment, improved data security, and significant
reduction in desk-side support costs are key benefits.
    "In a tough economy every IT shop has to stop and re-evaluate how they
spend and whether they freeze, cut or decide to spend smarter," said Sloan.
"With desktop virtualization corporate IT can look to get out of the complex
and costly distributed PC asset management business."
    Info-Tech Research Group's study of desktop virtualization included over
200 survey responses and more than 30 interviews of IT leaders worldwide. Most
implementers do not anticipate large upfront capital cost savings from desktop
virtualization however there are areas of potential advantage such as
extending the life of older workstations.
    "Three quarters of survey respondents do anticipate that the total
deployment cost per desktop will be less than traditional PC deployment," said
Sloan. "However those costs need to be carefully assessed as there are
potential higher cost drivers such as server hardware and licensing."
    Early adopters of desktop virtualization ranked their deployments as very
successful. They report a high degree of satisfaction with the performance of
their virtual desktop environments, as well as efficiency gains in desktop and
application deployment and maintenance.

    About the Study:

    Info-Tech Research Group's impact research study "The Rise of Virtual
Desktop Infrastructure" provides valuable insights and tools for organizations
considering desktop virtualization. The associated tools include "Virtual
Desktop Appropriateness Assessment Tool" and the "TCO per Virtual Desktop
Tool". The included tools enable organizations to determine if desktop
virtualization is for them and for which users, and how much it could cost.

    About Info-Tech Research Group:

    With a paid membership of over 21,000 worldwide, Info-Tech Research Group
(www.infotech.com) is the global leader in providing tactical, practical
Information Technology research and analysis. Info-Tech has a ten-year history
of delivering quality research and is one of North America's fastest growing
full-service IT analyst firms.





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For further information: For interviews with Info-Tech Research Group,
contact Rachel Flewelling at rflewelling@infotech.com or 1-888-670-8889 ext.
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