A couple of months ago Gartner outlined Seven Practical Ways to Save Costs in the Data Center.
- Rationalize the Hardware
- Consolidate Data Center Sites
- Manage Energy and Facilities Costs
- Renegotiate Contracts
- Manage the People Costs
- Sweat the Assets
The list makes sense and all of them are timeless in terms of business relevance. It’s worth noting that while it may be last on the list, Virtualization is a key enabler for numbers 1-3 and 6 and I’m suggesting that a number 8 should be added: Virtualize the Desktops.
OK. I admit that desktop virtualization isn’t going to save money in the data center. In fact, by virtualizing your desktops, it’s almost certain more dollars will be spent within the four walls of your data center.
I”ll go on to say that not all desktops will even be candidates for virtualization based on applications and use cases. Companies would be wise to carefully evaluate with your technology provider/consultant which ones make sense for VDI.
OK. Strictly speaking, VDI doesn’t really belong on a list about saving money in the data center–but it offers many compelling benefits whether it’s OpEx savings, CapEx savings or productivity improvements. VDI is fast becoming a compelling alternative with significant advantages for deploying end-user applications by driving “compute” back into the data center’s four walls.. The identified benefits of VDI are not new and are multifaceted as with many new technologies.
I commented on the many operational benefits of VDI in a previous post. There’s an interesting post by Tyler Rohrer about improved productivity as the key driver for VDI. And VMWARE & Citrix have their TCO calculators & whitepapers. I also came across a good blog-battle between Brian Madden, a self described “opinionated, super technical, fiercely-independent desktop virtualization expert” and VMWARE regarding VDI savings.
I missed this research report a few months so it may not be news to you, but Gartner projects the global hosted virtual desktop market to surpass $65 billion in 2013.
The worldwide hosted virtual desktop (HVD) market will accelerate through 2013 to reach 49 million units, up from more than 500,000 units in 2009, according to Gartner Inc. Worldwide HVD revenue will grow from about $1.3 billion to $1.5 billion in 2009, which is less than 1 percent of the worldwide professional PC market, to $65.7 billion in 2013, which will be equal to more than 40 percent of the worldwide professional PC market. via Gartner says Worldwide Hosted Virtual Desktop Market to Surpass $65 Billion in 2013.
That’s “B” as in Billion.
VMWORLD was last week and I may have missed it but I was surprised that there wasn’t a lot of fanfare or significant announcements about VDI. (There was a press release on the adoption of VMWARE’s View–over 1 million seats.) I asked Jason Campagna, our Senior Architect and Director of our Virtualization Practice, about it and he suggested that VMware didn’t hammer on VDI much because VMware and Jason himself believe “Cloud,” which was greatly touted at the event, and VDI are fast becoming one in the same.
I think Gartner’s hit the mark with their 7 ways to save the data center and, in looking at their HVD (VDI) projections 2013, I believe VDI should be added to the list as another way to save money and improve productivity for the enterprise as a whole. There’s no doubt that VDI will be one of the most compelling and business impacting technologies in the next few years.