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2015 The State of the Desktop Survey – Virtual Desktops

March 20, 2015 / Evolve IP

In January, we conducted a blind, web-based survey about the latest practices, trends, technologies and challenges around the desktop with 1,031 IT professionals and executives. This week, in conjunction with the launch of our new Desktop Services, we released a new content bundle that includes an analysis of the survey, titled “2015 State of the Desktop” with an accompanying infographic (see below).

Some interesting key themes and statistics came out of this survey:

Adoption and Benefits – Virtual desktops – i.e., Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) – are slowly, but steadily, being adopted and the benefits are being realized and recognized.

  • 36.5 percent of those surveyed indicate that their organization has already implemented some level of virtual desktop use.
  • One-third of those who are not using virtual desktops (32.5 percent) plan on doing so in the next one-to-three years.

BYOD and Mobility will drive adoption over the coming years.

  • 64.5 percent of executives cited mobility enablement as the number one benefit of virtual desktops.
  • VPN* access, cited by 65.5 percent of respondents, is the number one way organizations are enabling mobility.

*VPN is virtualized private network

This is an outdated and limited mobility enablement technology. There are security risks for the corporate network, you can access files, but still have to download them locally, and don’t get access to applications. Virtual desktops are a much more robust, secure solution to enable mobility that also provide BYOD program enablement. Read our earlier blog for more information on this topic.

Server Room vs. the Boardroom – There were some notable differences in the product knowledge levels and also the business perspectives between executives and IT professionals surveyed, such as:

  • Executives are remarkably unaware of desktop technologies. Nearly four-in-10 (39 percent) were unaware of the term Desktop as a Service (DaaS), 35.5 percent had not heard of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and 23.5 percent did not know about RMM.
  • Financially, 10.5 percent of executives believe their company spends more than $200,000 on desktop hardware and software while 26.5 percent of IT pros report spending that amount or more.

Stay tuned! We will cover these subtopics in more detail in upcoming blogs.

2015 State of the Desktop Survey - Virtual Desktops

To download the full content bundle, including the complete survey analysis paper and an interesting list of “mythbusters” about DaaS, click here.

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