Desktop Virtualization Across the Enterprise
In an article on the Intel/IBM sponsored VirtualizationConversation.com, HotHardware.com's Founder and Editor in Chief Dave Altavilla echoes this logic:
"The need for high availability platforms that scale on demand has paved the way for larger, application-aware and multiple OS capable architectures. In addition, server consolidation to provide efficiencies in power consumption, maintenance and other overhead costs, has become critical."
It has long been established that the virtualization of server and data center infrastructures is necessary on many fronts.
The average MS Windows desktop loaded with office is easy to virtualize but when you get to specialized applications and those that are graphically intensive such as CAD or 3D applications there needs to be a means to offload the visual rendering to the users monitors in an accelerated manner that meets or exceeds the dedicated machine and gpu currently used. Along with this hurdle you also must have the vendors of such software's cooperation in creating a solution to detect the ever-present hardware dongle across a virtual session.
The competition in the desktop arena comes in the form of Windows Terminal Services and various Citrix offerings but they have yet to over come the same issues being met by virtualization products.
All said though, the adoption rate of virtualization and the many offerings being rushed to market along with the IT industry's willingness to embrace this technology indicates that virtualization will indeed be coming to a desktop near you, very soon.