Mar 142011

Over the weekend, I came across relevant articles and blog posts that discuss the costs and benefits of VDI. The CIO Executive Series roundtable last month demonstrated that there are tremendous benefits of a virtual desktop environment, but not every company or organization has the need or the resources for a virtual desktop infrastructure.

Consensus from most VDI experts is that the explosion of mobile computing, especially the iPad, has hastened the desktop virtualization market and fueled Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work. As a CIO you may be feeling the business pressure to jump on board this fast train, but before you do, make sure you look at all the alternatives.

If you are considering VDI, please take the time to read a well thought blog post by Colin Smith. His post appeared on Tech Republic and it is called VDI vs. terminal services: How to evaluate your use case before making a decision. Colin points out that before making any decision, the IT team must evaluate their organization’s specific use case before proceeding. Colin highlights the fact that managing VDI deployments is the biggest challenge for CIOs…

With all of the momentum behind VDI deployments, organizations are beginning to realize that with the advantages come some unexpected costs and complexity. One of the biggest challenges is managing VDI deployments. In theory they should be easier to manage than legacy physical desktops, but the management tools for physical desktops are very mature, well understood, and in many cases, already in place.

Let me know your thoughts? Tweet me @cioestv or comment here!

Feb 252011

As William Shakespeare wrote 500 hundred years ago in Julius Caesar, “timing is everything.” Yesterday, I am sure timing was on the mind of AppSense‘s owners as Goldman Sachs announced they would invest $70 million in this U.K. software company.

The user virtualization market is set to top $2 billion by 2015 and AppSense is a leader in this market space. AppSense has a blue-chip customer and partner network that includes HP, Dell, IBM, CSC, Fujitsu, Avanade, Accenture, and EMC. Goldman is no stranger to late stage venture capital as just last month they invested $450 million in Facebook. Timing is everything!

It couldn’t be better timing for our CIO Executive Series group too. You see, we are lucky to have Simon Clephan, VP System Integrator Alliances at AppSense, as one of our guests for the upcoming March 2nd CIO roundtable on desktop virtualization. Simon is currently responsible for developing System Integrator Alliances with key partners for AppSense in the United States.

Perhaps the most challenging issue facing IT executives today is how can their users securely access their corporate computers remotely from laptops, tablets and smartphones. We are excited to have Simon discuss how AppSense is accomplishing this for their clients and we look forward to a lively roundtable discussion.

Feb 212011

Jack Wilson, Principal at Virtual Savant LLC and former VP & CTO with Amerisure Mutual Insurance will be one of our featured guests for the upcoming CIO Executive Series virtual roundtable on March 2nd at Noon EST.

Jack was nationally recognized for successfully implementing desktop virtualization for Amerisure and was InfoWorld’s 2009 Top CTO. Jack led his team to transform Amerisure’s technology from a complex, expensive and inefficient situation into a streamlined virtual architecture environment where Amerisure’s business staff can now acess data “anytime, from anywhere, from any device.”

I am really looking forward to a dynamic and informative discussion among our CIOES members and the other VDI vendor experts. If you haven’t signed up – do!