New research shows that VMware View is the leading desktop virtualisation solution by a considerable distance for small to medium businesses (SMBs), with an in-house approach to virtualisation being the preferred option.
The study was undertaken by Spiceworks, a leading social business network of more than 1.9 million SMB IT professionals worldwide, and focused on desktop virtualisation industry trends. It found that more than 60 % of respondents plan to roll out or evaluate desktop virtualisation during 2012. No surprise, therefore, that Jay Hallberg, co-founder and vice president of marketing at Spiceworks, observed: “Our study clearly shows that desktop virtualisation is a growing trend among SMBs.”
Meanwhile, a look at the current level of desktop virtualisation installations in this sector shows that VMware is the clear leader with 53% of the market. Elsewhere, Citrix installations represent 27% of the total, with other vendors accounting for 8% or less individually.
From an industry perspective, finance, education, government, healthcare and manufacturing all showed a higher propensity to install and use desktop virtualisation.
And, interestingly, despite the rapid rise of cloud-based solutions, the study also revealed that 88% of SMBs — the vast majority – had a preference around implementing and managing these virtualisation solutions in-house. This is despite many of those surveyed also reporting they are faced with a shortage of available manpower and resources!
Scarce headcount and tight budgets coupled with the desire to manage deployments in-house indicate that SMBs will most probably move to VDI storage and compute appliances, along with ‘VDI in a box’ solutions to keep things simple.
Vittorio Viarengo, vice president, End-User Computing, VMware said: “It’s clear that SMB customers want virtual desktop solutions that are both easy to implement and can scale with them as they grow.”
Originally posted at the Global Knowledge UK Training Blog