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At Cisco Live, I had the good fortune to sit down with Steve Kaplan of Presidio (@ROIdude), and Sreekanth Kannan of VMware, to discuss the current landscape of desktop virtualization as seen through the experiences of our customers, key enabling technologies we’re excited about, and some thoughts about what to expect looking forward. Watch the session 

Desktop Virtualization Panel with VMware and Presidio at Cisco Live 2012

Clearly our friends had a lot to share, and were excited about the transformation happening in our customers’ desktop IT environments.  Some highlights from our chat:

Steve shared that he’s been seeing implementations now running into the 10’s of thousands as customers gain design and operational experience with desktop virtualization.  However, some still look at the technology in isolation, vs. as part of a Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) offering enabled by IT – a mindset that’s quickly evolving.

Sree continues to see Win7 migration and BYoD as the leading imperatives for businesses, but increasingly voice and video integration in a seamless manner, with hardphone-equivalent user experience is becoming tablestakes.  Unified Workspaces built on Cisco and VMware clearly answer this need.

Steve and the Presidio team are continually encouraging their clients to take a broader view, looking at reasons for why they’re exploring VDI, and how it fits in with their overall enterprise desktop and ITaaS strategy.  He sees Cisco VXI creating interest in offering an integrated platform that provides virtual desktop, voice and video.  And he also sees VMware Horizon App Manager enabling his customers to usher in DaaS much more quickly and effectively.

Sree sees the IT landscape rapidly shifting to provide Applications as a Service through a single application catalog from IT (ex: Horizon), with single-sign-on and a policy framework.  This combined with simplified data access / “Data as a Service” (think Octopus), accessible from any device integrated with a Universal Services Broker.

It was a packed week at Cisco Live, so if you missed all the desktop virtualization action there, check out Ravi Balakrishnan’s summary / VXI Walkabout

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