VDI adoption to grow manifold
KAUSHAL VELURI Director, Channels & Alliances, India subcontinent Citrix
The year 2013 was a good year for desktop virtualization, cloud, big data and enterprise mobility as the technologies were widely accepted in India. Desktop virtualization moved from being a niche technology evaluated by innovative organizations to mainstream adopted by customers across verticals.
In the second half of the year, the mobility space underwent a significant change with customers understanding that implementing a true mobility solution for employees was more than just pure device management and had to encompass applications and data management. Enterprise mobility became the new paradigm to help their employees experience a true mobile workstyle.
Toward the end of the year, desktop virtualization and enterprise mobility started overlapping in the customer infrastructure space, helping users to experience BYOD.
The growth of innovation in the consumer space of smartphones, tablets and PCs will drive the workforce to push their organizations toward enabling them to work from anywhere, anytime, and on any device.
BYOD and enterprise mobility
Today, on an average, an employee uses at least three different devices in his daily life—a laptop, a tablet and a smartphone. Employees will increasingly demand from their organizations the ability to work across all these devices. The IT will have to find a balance between enabling the employees to use these devices and meet the organization’s security and compliance requirements.
BYOD will become a more stable and widely accepted policy across organizations as maturing enterprise mobility technology helps these organizations to deliver secure applications and data to their employees’ devices. Organizations will need to build a comprehensive enterprise mobility platform that goes beyond pure mobile device management and encompasses mobile application management and mobile data management as well.
Migration from Windows XP
The imminent expiration of support for Windows XP by Microsoft and the need for all organizations to migrate to Windows 7 will see an upsurge in customers evaluating alternate means to manage their operating system upgrades and desktops across varied geographies and locations. We have seen several customers adopt desktop virtualization as the technology to deal with the
The imminent expiration of Windows XP support and the need for all organizations to migrate to Windows 7 will see an upsurge in customers evaluating and adopting desktop virtualization
expiration of Windows XP support.
Customers have begun to adopt desktop virtualization for optimizing seat utilization in ITeS entities, branch office automation in banks, salesforce automation in insurance and design security in manufacturing. We definitely see desktop virtualization becoming one of the key ways to tackle the Windows XP migration issue. In a tough economic environment, as organizations go back to managing their core infrastructure, we foresee customers actively evaluating Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) and outsourcing their desktop management to outside firms based on pre-defined SLAs. The maturity of desktop virtualization as a technology and its increasing adoption has also given confidence to other customers that their desktops can be managed effectively and efficiently by partners from a remote location and based on SLAs.
For the partner
Today, customers are just not interested in understanding the benefits of technology—they are more concerned about how it can help them to achieve their goals faster and more efficiently. This creates tremendous scope for partners to transform themselves from being mere product resellers to being complete solution providers.
Partners who combine emerging technologies such as enterprise mobility, established technologies like desktop virtualization, and the ability and confidence to manage the customers’ desktops remotely on an SLA basis with DaaS can look forward to a successful 2014.
KAUSHAL VELURI DIRECTOR, CHANNELS & ALLIANCES, INDIA SUBCONTINENT, CITRIX