Earlier today, Cisco introduced an expanded portfolio of desktop virtualization solution architectures, based on Cisco UCS, that extend Cisco’s value proposition, solution breadth and market reach. This is very important for our partner ecosystem, which continues to be the foundation for selling Cisco’s Desktop Virtualization Solutions.
Desktop virtualization continues to gain traction. According to a recent Gartner forecast, companies are projected to add 59 million more virtual desktop users worldwide between 2013 and 2016. Despite that growth, we found that significant challenges remain for getting VDI implementations off the ground. These include:
- Up-front CAPEX often associated with upgrading the data center and network infrastructure required to support VDI
- Complexity associated with combining multiple disparate technologies together in a way that’s cohesive and easy to manage
- Guesswork and risk associated with ensuring that the success seen in a small pilot is replicated in larger production environments