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1 Moving The Desktop Into The Data Centre Examining Business Deployments Of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure IDC Enterprise Data Centre Conference 2009 London, UK Copyright 2009 IDC. Reproduction is forbidden unless authorized. All rights reserved.

2 Background: What Is VDI? DATA CENTRE Multiple Unique Client Desktops H y p e r Execution Data V i s o r IDC refers to VDI as Centralized Virtual Desktops May-09 2

3 Background: Why Is VDI Important? CIO and IT Director Pain Points Recent Survey: What are the top 3 challenges associated with your desktop environment? Vendor Value Propositions for VDI Security 55% Cost 47% Data management 40% Enhances Security Saves support costs Simplifies Management Increases Productivity Sample Size = 956 May-09 3

4 High Degree Of VDI Activity What is your company's involvment with the following technologies Currently deploying this technology 34% 34% 36% 35% 39% 49% In pilot 35% 34% 33% 33% 35% 29% Virtual User Sessions Image Streaming Application Virtualization Blade PCs Locally Hosted Virtual Desktops Server Hosted Virtual Desktops Planning to deploy or pilot / proof of concept 12% 12% 14% 11% 10% 10% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% % of Respondents Sample Size = 956 May-09 4

5 Part 1) What They Did How Did Businesses Deploy VDI May-09 5

6 Server Hosted Virtual Desktops Host Hardware QD11) Please choose the typical server configuration within your current or planned Server Hosted Virtual Desktop environment. Weighted average server profile: 2% 26% 20% 1 socket blade 2 socket blade 1 socket rack/pedestal 2 socket rack optimized server Quad core with 64 GB of memory Very Rich configurations to support roughly desktop VMs 13% 2 socket rack/pedestal 4 socket rack/pedestal Sample Size = % QD10) On average, how many cores do the physical servers that support, or will support, your Server Hosted Virtual Desktops have? QD9) On average, how much RAM do the physical servers that currently or will support your Server Hosted Virtual Desktops have? 16% 1% 14% 1 31% 4% 11% 8GB 2 16GB 28% % 32GB 64GB Sample Size = % 16 Sample Size = % More than 64GB May-09 6

7 Client Device Of Choice Remains Thick PC From what kinds of devices do users currently or will users access their server-hosted virtual desktops (SHVD)? (Select all that apply) New Traditional PC 70% Mobile Thin Client 48% Thin Client Desktop 43% Legacy Traditional PC 36% Diskless PC 24% I don't understand the question 1% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% % of Respondents May-09 7

8 No Surprises On OS Choice? QD2) What operating system do you currently or plan to use within your server-hosted virtual desktops (SHVD)? (give percentages of total) Windows XP 49% Windows Vista 29% Windows 2000 Linux 7% 6% Windows NT DOS Windows 95/98 Other (Please specify below) 4% 2% 2% 1% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Mean % May-09 8

9 Part 2) How They Did It Case For Adoption, ROI/TCO, and Benefits May-09 9

10 Sponsorship Reached High Levels Of Business Who within the organization drove the initiative to consider virtualized client computing? (Select all that apply) Sen. Level IT Executives 51% CIO 30% IT Administrators 29% CEO 27% Mid-Level Execs 19% Other 2% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% % of Respondents May-09 10

11 VDI Comes With A Large Upfront Price Tag What barriers have you faced while considering the deployment / pilot of Server Hosted Virtual Desktops within your environment? (Select up to 3) Cost 51% Security Risks Complexity 37% 37% Performance/Technical Limitations 29% Product Maturity/Sophistication 25% Internal Organizational Buy-in Low IT priority Internal Politics Virtual Machine Sprawl 16% 15% 15% 13% Data Center Capacity 8% Other (Please specify) 0% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% % of Respondents May-09 11

12 Majority Of Businesses Took Do-It- Yourself Approach To VDI Who implemented or will implement your Server-Hosted Virtual Desktop environment? 16% 1% Did it all ourselves 36% Outsourced everything to a company specializing in this 15% VAR/Reseller helped us Product vendor(s) helped us Other (please specify) 32% May-09 12

13 Pre Deployment Versus Post Deployment Benefits Data Security 60% 38% 39% Simplify Application/OS Management 42% 41% 38% Simplify Hardware Management 37% 35% 39% Simplify Application Migrations 36% 25% Disaster Recovery/Preparedness Improve Scalability 30% 27% 26% 24% 25% 25% Before Deployment After Deployment Future Expectations Limit User Downtime 24% 26% 29% Regulatory Compliance 11% 9% 3% Lower Endpoint Device Costs 10% 8% 7% Decrease Power Consumption 10% 9% 16% May-09 13

14 Part 3) Three Critical Issues Your Vendor May Not Mention May-09 14

15 Three Critical Issues 1. Its not a solution for every application or every employee 2. Storage can turn into a major headache 3. VDI does not simplify all your client management and security problems May-09 15

16 Conclusion Virtual Reality Check Client virtualization and Centralized Virtual Desktops are important technologies significant penetration in next 5 years Today use tactically when there is a well understood business requirement Tomorrow expect solutions to evolve significantly from current forms. Client virtualization will look very different in 2 years time May-09 16

17 IDC Contact Thank You Matthew McCormack Consultant IDC EMEA Systems Consulting May-09 17

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