Server virtualization success stories seem infinite, perhaps making the appeal of client virtualization technology almost irresistible, according to recent survey data, but still IT managers report concern over achieving the ROI needed to justify an investment in desktop virtualization and related technologies.
CDW recently polled some 200 IT managers at U.S. businesses with more than 100 employees to learn what’s behind three categories of client virtualization: presentation, application and desktop virtualization. The technology solutions provider discovered an overwhelming majority intends to implement some sort of client virtualization solution in the next 12 to 24 months — 91% to be exact, according to the survey. Yet 97% if those that had already implemented the technology noted they had encountered challenges.
Among the reasons client virtualization appeals to IT managers is the potential for reduced costs. Sixty-percent of those polled pointed to decreasing hardware, support and management costs as reasons to adopt the technology. Forty percent said that the technology would make the software distribution process easier, and 38% cited IT productivity gains as a driver for implementing the technology. And 37% said they believed client virtualization would improve IT support.