Top 5 obstacles to wider VDI adoption

Server and storage virtualization are being embraced by companies both large and small -- so what's causing the roadblock for VDI?

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According to Rohrer, this roadblock is clearly present given the global economy, but adds "many are finding that staying on the hardware refresh treadmill is even more costly. Changes in paradigms are risky -- focusing on the right use cases and the right technology stack help ensure those investments have a chance to deliver returns."

VDI obstacle 5: VDI has been slow to promote successes. Companies are beginning to pursue VDI at much faster rates. The first generation of VDI technology has slowed down the successful deployments beyond the most obvious use cases, like security, where cost was less of a consideration. But as next-generation VDI implementations come online, there should be more success stories of organizations that have saved money moving to VDI, while accruing all of the other benefits as well.

"K-12 is one of the industry's that we are seeing significant traction and the results are incredible," said Curtin. "On average, Virtual Bridges education customers save $400 per desktop and reduce their OPEX spending up to 50 percent due to centralized management provided by VERDE. The momentum is growing and VDI will soon be mainstream. It is just now entering the Gen2 phase where it is taking off."

Liquidware Labs is seeing the same thing. Rohrer told InfoWorld he believes "most of the early adopters and large projects are inside of the Fortune 500 and tend to be undocumented, and thus, the success stories don't make their way into the press. Most of the ISVs and platform vendors working with these companies tend to be more vocal than the companies themselves. We see this changing in 2011 as best practices are not only shared, but also more widely proliferated."

In addition to the lack of awareness, Bowker tacks on another potential roadblock: failed POCs (proof of concepts). He added, "We see a lot of POCs fail when they have to scale beyond the initial 200-250 desktops. We also see the TCO model broken when factoring the storage component and customers, resellers and system integrators not being armed with tools or solutions to drive through to the next phase of adoption."

For IT administrators, it's about delivering service and doing their jobs efficiently and to the best of their abilities. But at the end of the day, what really matters is that the user has a positive experience. If the user isn't happy, nobody is happy.

Will current advancements in VDI finally push the technology into the mainstream? Is IT ready? Are users ready? And will this latest generation of VDI technologies be enough to answer these top five roadblocks and challenges that await them?

What's holding you back?

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