Forrester have just released an IT Trends report on desktop virtualisation.
Ask your desktop operations pros whether or not their job is getting easier and they'll be the first to tell you that they have their hands full. Despite concerted efforts to standardize and simplify, today's corporate computing environment is still too complex and difficult to maintain. Vendors like Altiris (acquired by Symantec) and LANDesk tried to solve the problem with a variety of tools to help you keep all the distributed PC ducks in a row, while Citrix and Wyse offered a path to centralization and uniformity through server-based computing. In the end, neither was the perfect fit for every user scenario. Now, VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft are creating alternative solutions built with the same virtualization technology that is redefining the server environment, but with a very different design point. In the end, Forrester's data shows that the larger the enterprise, the more complex and costly the PC environment. And it is these companies that are leading the way in deploying the latest generation of client virtualization technologies.
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