Long-term goals for desktop virtualisation have changed in recent months and years, thanks to the increasing availability of cloud computing technologies, according to the Vice President of technology services at VMware, David Wright.
Cloud Computing and Virtual Desktop Popularity is Booming
Speaking to the Software Industry Research Board at a recent roundtable event, Mr Wright said that the popularity of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is booming as a result of the proliferation of cloud technologies.
According to CloudPro, Mr Wright explained, “We’re starting to see interest in VDI again. Having created a private cloud environment, enterprises are looking to drop the desktop on top, so individual users can log onto their desktop from [anywhere].”
He explained that a major advantage to using a virtual desktop solution is the fact that it protects businesses from losing data, which could go missing if transported on a memory stick or on a laptop without backup. He argued that storing data in the cloud, in a central location, prevents data having to be transported on mobile devices, which makes much more sense from a security point of view.
Meanwhile, cloud computing is becoming more of a mainstream technology, according to recent research by Spiceworks, who found that almost 50 per cent of small and medium sized businesses are now using the technology.