I’ve been hearing a lot about VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) lately. ABI Research predicts this technology is going to grow from $500 million in 2009 to $5 billion by 2016. For the March issue of Business Solutions magazine, I interviewed MSP (managed services provider) RMC ProIT, a division of Ray Morgan Company. This company is projecting 100% growth this year, and it’s attributing much of its growth to VDI opportunities in the education vertical. You can check out this article here: www.bsminfo.com/go/0312VDIfeature.
Before you make the move to VDI, however, check out this counterpoint perspective from OS33, an IT-as-a-Service cloud platform vendor, which recently released the following article: 5 Reasons Why VDI Falls Short on Delivering the Full Benefits of Cloud Computing. In this article, OS33 President Jacob Kazakevich proposes that VARs sell Web-based desktop solutions rather than VDI solutions.
I’d really like to get your perspective on what you think about this debate. Do you think OS33 makes a valid point, or is VDI the better way to go?