Desktop Virtualization Has Its
Drawbacks"> Michael Rose, an analyst with IDC, said that desktop virtualization has the potential to explode for companies looking to better manage a fleet of systemsas well as individual PCsthroughout an enterprise. Theres also another reason for this potential: On a global scale there are simply more desktops than servers out there. While Rose is bullish about desktop virtualization, this particular space, right now, still has some draw backs, he said.The market for virtualization is growing Click here to read more. "Still, I think we are going through one big evolutionary process and I think IT managers are out there looking for what is the most cost effective way of implementing these technologies," Rose added. Jerry Chen, director of enterprise desktop platforms and solutions for VMware, headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., said customers are looking for ways to better manage the desktop, but also to handle the influx of mobile devices into the workplace. In addition to ACE 2, which works with laptops as well as desktops, the companys VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) can handle enterprise-wide virtualization needs. "In the past year, we have seen a huge investment in VDI and server-based computing," Chen said. "For security reasons, there is a huge trend toward centralizing in one environment. You also have situations where employees are using their own laptops and now you have 500 different computers and you have to look for a way to manage those as well." In addition to the amount of software being produced by virtualization vendorsVMwares dominance is being challenged by lower-cost providers like Virtual Iron, SWsoft and XenSource in the server spacethe industry is also being helped by the two top chip makers on the hardware side. Click here to read more about server virtualization and security. Since last year, Intel and Advanced Micro Devices have made dual-core, and soon quad-core, processors more readily available to customers and the two companies have also publicized the fact that their processors have more virtualization capabilities in the hardware itself. Intel touts its Virtualization Technology, which first made its way into processors at the end of 2005, while AMD released its own virtualization technologyAMDVunder the name Pacifica in 2006. Margaret Lewis, director of commercial solutions at AMD, said that the next months should show a maturity that will bring virtualization beyond the sort of disaster recovery scenarios that were some of the original ideas behind creating virtual images. Like others, Lewis believes that the next great wave of innovation will come with management capabilities that VMware, Citrix and Microsoft have started to develop. In addition to management and security, Lewis also sees the technology allowing IT managers to test complex new software suites and applications in a much more thorough way than had been previously possible. "I think this is the beginning of a lot of activities around virtualization and seeing how it works in terms of management and how it can work to solve a lot of those headaches around managing various clients," Lewis said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.
"There still is an issue of cost and problems with how the technology handles multimedia," said Rose, adding that NEC seems to be working on that problem by co-developing a microprocessor for its system that will allow better graphics.