A Paradigm Shift: Trends that Support Hosted Virtual Desktop Adoption
End users want access to their data and applications anytime, anywhere and from any device. IT wants to enable user productivity without any security, management or control concerns. Businesses want lower operational costs and faster time to market. All of this is possible with hosted virtual desktops.
Enhanced hardware and software capabilities and advances in infrastructure are driving an effort to deliver data and applications to end users via any device – extending the workplace beyond the walls of the office. Here are three specific trends that are driving the adoption across organizations:
- Tablet computing adoption is on the rise
Morgan Stanley published a report predicting that tablet shipments could reach 100 million this year. The rise in tablets creates a need for mobile computing and a delivery method of data and applications that isn't tied to any one physical device. Hosted virtual desktops can enable the end user to work off any tablet device and access their business-critical environment from any location.
- Network and wireless build outs are on the rise
IT admins are upgrading their network and wireless infrastructure. This will enable the move for computing from the desktop to the data center, as the new infrastructure will be able to support the additional bandwidth requirements for a hosted virtual desktop. dinCloud's hosted virtual desktops require 250kbps per desktop, which can be supported by most networks. A network assessment may be a good idea as you start discussing virtualization internally.
- Data center traffic is shifting to the cloud
In 2011, 30% of data center workloads were processed in the cloud, and this is shifting very rapidly. 60% of the world's data center traffic will be cloud-based by 2016, states a report by Cisco. Organizations are eliminating the inherent problems and cost-intensive business of owning data centers. With the upgrades in technology and infrastructure, it makes sense for organizations to work with hosted cloud providers to buy "Infrastructure as a Service". This enables companies to focus on their core business and elevate IT to play a more strategic role in the organization, as opposed to spending most their time managing desktops, servers and storage.