Virtual Strategy Magazine has recently published my article, The Case Against Desktop Virtualization. From the introduction to the article:
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury: You are being called upon to partake in one of the most important duties of an IT professional. You will be asked to objectively evaluate claims and determine whether a relatively new development in virtualization technology – desktop virtualization – is a valid and useful solution for your environment. You have already heard many strong arguments for desktop virtualization from much of the industry. You will now hear from the other side: A discussion of how you can gain many of the benefits of virtualization without moving desktop computing to the confines of the data center.
OK, all drama aside, I should be clear about the point of this article. My goal is not to convince you that desktop virtualization is not a good idea. Rather, I’d like to provide some counter-point to a lot of the hype that we have been hearing lately. Specifically, I’ll point out how many of the problems that desktop virtualization is designed to solve can be addressed in other ways. The goal for you, the reader, is to determine which of these is the best way to solve these problems. Order in the court!
Perhaps it’s a bit too dramatic, but I think it presents a good case, overall. Feel free to leave your pleas and judgments here.