Trends 3 and 4

By Guy Currier  |  Posted 2010-12-09 Print this article Print

Security is big, hyped technologies get gut checks, and promising ones roll full-steam ahead. Our third annual market survey of the technology trends shows what managers and executives see for the year ahead.

3 VDI Adoption Takes a Breath

In another example of a market pausing to take stock of a promising new development, the speedy pace that virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) showed in 2010 should slow somewhat. But this is not to say that growth will not continue: A good VDI system offers management, security and energy advantages, particularly in organizations with a large, disparate user population, such as those in the education sector.

For example, the Dougherty County School System in Georgia deployed 1,500 seats in classrooms and computer labs in seven schools, using solutions from NComputing.

“Buying new desktops would have cost too much,” says Les Barnett, who oversees educational technology for the school system. “We saved tens of thousands of dollars just on the initial hardware and software investment.”

Nevertheless, while we do see increased deployment growth of VDI in 2011 (see chart 3), many other areas of virtualization are likely to get more attention, so we don’t expect VDI to be the shooting star it was this year. 2011 is the time for a good, sober assessment of this technology, to plan and strategize in order to take the best advantage of it.

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4 Infrastructure Virtualization Resumes a Fast Pace

Is virtualization the answer to everything? It certainly seems that way. Cost-reduction—check. Growth—check. Business flexibility—check. Following a bit of VDI- and cloud-induced distraction in 2010, we see tremendous activity levels for the more mature virtualization types in 2011. (See chart 4)

All Covered, a Redwood City, Calif.-based regulation, compliance, business continuity and strategic planning services company, has deployed enterprise virtualization to both cut costs and increase flexibility.

“We’ve been fortunate that our business has been expanding,” says CIO Tim Crawford, who is also a past president of the Society for Information Management’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter. “However, there may be times where some services contract. Given that, the virtual model can save between 25 and 75 percent on operating costs, depending on how efficiently the servers are used today.”

It’s clear that server and storage virtualization are only now hitting their stride, as most organizations have at least one production environment and are beginning to move aggressively to expand. Application virtualization may also be taking advantage, though that’s unclear from our study, which didn’t separate it out from the other two. Network virtualization, however, was looked at separately and still seems to be several years away from meaningful deployment levels.

Executive Director of Research for Ziff Davis Enterprise

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