NZ an early adopter of client virtualisation

Desktop and application virtualisation a major initiative for more than half of 546 organisations surveyed

An international study into the implementation of desktop and application virtualisation has found that New Zealand is among the countries with the most aggressive client virtualisation deployment plans.

The study was conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dimension Data.

More than half of the 546 organisations surveyed ranked desktop and application virtualisation as a critical or a major initiative over the next 12 to 18 months.

Deployment levels are predicted to grow from 27 percent to 46 percent, taking the number of virtual desktops in organisations from hundreds to tens of thousands in the next two years.

Cost reduction, security, manageability and simplifying the migration to Windows 7 are the key drivers of virtualisation deployment, the study found.

Dimension Data’s chief technology officer, Ettienne Reinecke, says early adopters are emerging from regions other than the heavily regulated industries of North America and Western Europe. They include New Zealand.

“Over 40 percent of organisations view investing in, or implementing, desktop and application virtualisation as a high priority, while 12 percent believe this is a critical priority over the next 12 to 18 months,” Reinecke says.

He warns organisations against pursuing desktop virtualisation purely as a cost-reduction tactic. “There is a general misconception that a desktop virtualisation initiative will translate into immediate cost savings.

“This is underscored by the fact that 60 percent of the research participants cited cost saving as one of the main drivers for desktop virtualisation projects.

“Desktop virtualisation requires significant investment in the supporting network infrastructure, servers, storage upgrade and software licensing fees to ensure that the solution can effectively meet business and end-user demands.”

He says the most successful deployments are those designed with workforce segmentation in mind, where the end result is a combination of traditional and virtual desktops that suits the end-user’s requirements.

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