During a recent Desktop Virtualization Webcast titled VDI with Unified Communications: What Architects Need to Know, one of the key takeaways was that Unified Communications (UC) and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) teams need to work together and look at the larger user environment in which they are delivering the IT services. When the audience was asked how many of them were collaborating with their UC teams, 53% said they were currently engaging with their organization’s UC teams in their desktop virtualization projects.
Of course, this may be a biased sample, since the survey is of the webcast attendees, which mainly include IT professionals who are interested in the intersection of VDI and UC. However, I believe this is a sign of a growing trend in enterprise IT.
John Burke, Principal Research Analyst at Nemertes and one of the presenters of the webcast, also discussed the expanding intersection of the two trends—desktop virtualization and collaboration. Next week, Cisco will be at Enterprise Connect talking about these topics. In fact, one of the top five requested Cisco sessions is the Virtual Workspace session: discussing the convergence of voice, video, and virtual desktop.
If you are going to be at Enterprise Connect, please come and meet the other presenters from the webcast: Brian Dal Bello, General Manager of Virtualized Collaboration Business Unit at Cisco and Arnie Lopez, Director at Cisco. And stop by the show floor where we will be demonstrating the new desktop virtualization experience with UC. We look forward to seeing you there!