Survey: Flexibility, agility drive desktop virtualisation

Cost reduction is no longer leading driver says Molten research

Business agility is slowly replacing cost as the factor driving most companies down the path of desktop virtualisation. According to a survey from Molten Technologies, companies are also unsure whether the drive to desktop virtualisation would be a way to simplify processes - more than half thought desktop virtualisation presented the same management challenge as their existing physical PCs.

The survey, which examined the attitudes towards virtualisation among UK businesses also found that 96 per cent of IT professionals questioned for the survey thought that IT professionals needed to be more business-savvy. "They've spoken about it for long enough," said Robin Tapp, Molten's managing director for client services. Interestingly it's starting to do this with end user computing."

It's the business case for operational flexibility. Tapp said that the drive to desktop virtualisation came about as a need to reduce costs but other factors come into play. "It's important to build the price point for PC but agility is more important - that's the key word that came out in the survey," he said. This could sometimes be accidental. "We spoke to a US bank who were expanding their desktop virtualisation greatly for security reasons. They originally went to the technology for cost reasons but chose to expand after they perceived an operational management benefit.

Other factors that come into play are supporting flexible and contract workers, particular for larger companies and finance houses and security, which was an issue for SMEs and enterprises alike.

There's certainly a growing interest in desktop virtualisation as more companies drive towards it. "Server virtualisation is a given now," said Tapp. But companies are concerned about the complexity of managing a move to desktop, which must be sweet music to the ears of Molten, who offer hosted desktop virtualiation. According to the survey, only 34 per cent think it will lessen complexity while 13 per cent think it will actually increase it.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags virtualizationMolten Technologiesvirtualisation

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Maxwell Cooter

Techworld
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?