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Is desktop virtualization software a mature technology?

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November 28, 2014

Some in the IT industry say that 2014 was the year of desktop virtualization software, and it has been underlined that the technology is now mature, doesn't require more storage than you first planned for and can handle even graphics-intensive, workstation-grade workloads.

Hence announcements like Google and Nvidia suggesting Chromebooks can run anything if they get can their hooks into NVIDIA GPUs, and VMware showing up at HPC conferences to talk GPU-powered VDI.

For its part, Citrix had GPU sharing for a while already, but has now announced that XenApp now supports NVIDIA GRID vGPUs.

That means apps Citrix cares for under XenApp can now more easily consume GPU resources, which in turn means it's easier to hand out GPU apps to end users.

And support for NVIDIA GRID vGPU means that Citrix and VMware are now, once again, very close to feature parity.

VMware's Project Fargo looks like one way to break that deadlock, as it offers a radical new way of composing and distributing desktops.

Fargo's due in 2015's first half, but VMware's not sitting on its hands in this market, which it has decreed is an Official Growth Engine.

Evidence of its recent work appeared last week in the form of two patents, both titled “Strategic planning process for end user computing” and offering ways to assess readiness for, and risks associated with, adoption of various end-user computing technologies.

The patents appear to describe a tool VMware thinks will help it to demonstrate organizations what they need to do to implement things like VDI.

So, to answer the question, 'Is desktop virtualization software a mature technology?' it would appear that it is now. We'll keep you posted.

Source: VMware.

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