New EMA Research Study on Desktop Virtualization Examines Adoption Growth and the Impacts of Rapidly Evolving Technologies

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Study explores the reasons why desktop virtualization adoption has doubled in the past four years, with the largest increase occurring over the past two years

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We set out to understand how desktop virtualization technologies and use were evolving to meet expanding enterprise requirements and were astounded by the results.

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading IT and data management research and consulting firm, today released a new research report titled, “Desktop Virtualization: Emerging Requirements and Optimal Configurations,” authored by Steve Brasen, managing research director of enterprise mobile & endpoint management at EMA. This research study takes an in-depth look at the reasons behind the adoption growth, as well as how technologies such as virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI), application virtualization, client-hosted desktop virtualization, and desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) are most effectively being employed to meet business goals.

Keeping pace with emerging requirements for improved application and data mobility, security, and high-availability, desktop virtualization is enjoying a new renascence in adoption and technological advancement. Broadly adopted desktop virtualization solutions offered by leading vendors – including Citrix, VMware, Microsoft, Dell, and many others – have all contributed to a broad product market encompassing a healthy mix of competition and cooperation. Enterprise consumers are particularly seeing increased value in the technology, and business users are more broadly becoming familiar with the core concepts and value behind desktop virtualization solutions.

“We set out to understand how desktop virtualization technologies and use were evolving to meet expanding enterprise requirements and were astounded by the results,” noted Brasen. “Enterprises of all sizes are broadly seeing value in the approach, and we were able to identify specific management solutions and practices that provide the most significant improvements to reliability and performance in desktop virtualization environments.”

Some of the key findings in this study include:

  • The primary reasons organizations initially adopt a desktop virtualization solution are to “reduce IT management costs,” “enhance security,” and “improve IT availability”
  • Roughly 27% of access to virtual desktops and applications is now initiated from mobile devices, and this trend is increasing
  • While all survey respondents indicated their organization had achieved some business value from the adoption of desktop virtualization, the most frequently noted advantage was an increase in business agility
  • 95% of survey respondents reported their organization had achieved measurable cost savings since the introduction of a desktop virtualization platform

The “Desktop Virtualization: Emerging Requirements and Optimal Configurations” research report is available to download online:

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