The Infrastructure-as-as-Service (IaaS) layer within cloud computing is rapidly evolving to accommodate new datacentre delivery options for enterprise customers including a hot sector known as Hosted Desktop which looks set to move workers from a device-centric environment to a user-centric workspace.
This “virtualization” technology will accelerate Hosted Desktop to roughly 50 million installed units by the end of 2013, according to a recent Gartner Insight Report.
“PC vendors must prepare for the growth in demand for this client computing architecture by adjusting sales strategies and compensation models or they risk losing expenditure share with enterprise customers,” said Gartner.
While Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange have transformed portal and email communications for both SMBs and enterprise customers chasing lower costs and complexity via remotely managed hosting services, Hosted Desktop looks set to take this evolution even further.
In the last several years, technical advancements have been made to the Hosted Desktop architecture allowing more efficient workloads to be delivered from cloud datacentres including those run by Virtual Internet in the UK and US.
The technology allows hosting companies to run virtual machines on cloud “hypervisors” rather than installing and running individual desktops at the client device level, on-premise.
This centralization of software in the cloud allows customers to access their data and applications from almost any remote device including desktops, tablets and smartphones. This is a HUGE simplification in complexity and cost for IT Departments struggling with legacy systems or current concerns with overprovisioning hardware and software.
Gartner cautioned that any organizational implementation should be cost-effective and compatible with the applications user’s need, must be sized appropriately for capacity and performance and should deliver a positive user experience.
“”Having the organization’s data spread across hundreds or thousands of devices, many of which leave the physical security of office locations, presents a significant risk of data loss,” said the report.
“Hosted Virtual Desktop can help improve the security standing of the client computing environment by centralizing sensitive information and applications in the data center, giving IT system and security stakeholders the opportunity not only to improve support efficiency, but also security.”
The report concluded that Hosted Desktop would oblige organizations in provisioning significantly more storage for end-user data. As such, the expected growth in storage needs will likely force a re-evaluation of current tools, budgets, support and processes associated with PC data.
Hosted Desktops are now becoming additional motivating factors for IT leaders to increase a cloud footprint in a remote datacentre, either by deploying non-essential applications first in the cloud, or by unifying a cloud strategy with an existing colocation strategy.
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