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The Bring your own Device (BYOD) trend is having a real impact on the demand for desktop virtualisation as users scramble to offer a greater degree of flexibility for staff wanting to connect on a range of their own products.
The call from some vendors, notably Citrix, for customers to embrace consumerisation of IT and allow staff to bring their own products into work and connect them to the corporate network have continued all year and according to the latest Pearlfinders IT Index, which monitors trends and opinions in the IT world, the results for the channel are more sales of virtual desktops (VDI).
Staff have started to use their own smartphones, tablets and laptops connecting them to the network which has encouraged some employers to look to create a specific BYOD virtualised environment.
Pearlfinders has noted that already a few projects of this kind have started at some of the large blue chips and at univerisites because they allow the IT department to manage desktops centrally and deliver applications as an on-demand service.
The increased interest for VDi sales comes against a background of a drop in traditional server virtualisation projects with the number of projects dropping in the last quarter.
Where there were sales the financial services sector stood out as one looking to grow its activity on the virtualisation front followed by the manufacturing industrial arena.
In the past Pearlfinders have identified growth, cost cutting and green IT as the reasons to go for virtualisation but added to that list is now a need to use the technology as one of the building blocks for the move towards cloud computing.