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IDC evaluates top desktop virtualization vendors

Posted: 30 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:desktop virtualization? market? PC solution?

The International Data Corp. (IDC) is expecting the desktop virtualization market to make significant gains in both revenues and total customer count well into the second half of the decade. As the solutions mature, they will become increasingly applicable to more organizations and a greater breadth of vertical industries. To help technology buyers better understand the competitive offerings, IDC released its MarketScape report that evaluates the current capabilities and long-term strategies of 12 desktop virtualization software vendors.

"Many vendors have emerged to provide solutions and desktop virtualization products are now available from small startups to Fortune 100 companies. In turn, customers are concerned about the capability and viability of each vendor's solution," said Ian Song, senior research analyst, enterprise virtualization software at IDC.

"Customers are intrigued by the possibility of a better desktop management model and the operational savings desktop virtualization could deliver," Song added. "Many vendors have emerged to provide solutions and desktop virtualization products are now available from small startups to Fortune 100 companies. In turn, customers are concerned about the capability and viability of each vendor's solution."

The report, "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Desktop Virtualization 2011 Vendor Analysis," evaluates vendors in the desktop virtualization space by analyzing their current capabilities, as well as their longer-term strategies that impact their ability to provide solutions and gain market share going forward. It utilizes a scoring and ranking model based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria, which results in a graphical illustration of each vendor's position in the competitive landscape. The study is supported by a discussion of the key criteria that contribute to a vendor's current and future success in the market and highlights the differentiators that play a role in each participant's competitive placement.

Among the vendors evaluated in the report, IDC placed just oneCitrixin the "Leaders" category. Citrix was recognized for its comprehensive set of technologies and a firm strategic grip on where it wants to take its product lineup. IDC placed seven vendors in the "Major Players" categoryDesktone, Kaviza, Microsoft, MokaFive, Quest Software, Virtual Bridges and VMware. These vendors all have strong capabilities and good prospects for long-term success in the desktop virtualization market. The vendors that were placed in the "Contenders" category were Red Hat, Unidesk, Virtual Computer and Wanova.

"As desktop virtualization gains more mainstream attention, the solutions offered by these vendors will continue to mature at a quickened pace. In the next 12C24 months, desktop virtualization technologies will move beyond just managing PCs and become a solution that can provide a holistic management paradigm addressing many different facets of end-user computing," Song said. "It is very likely that larger vendors will introduce unified management platforms in the near future to bridge the management between desktops, mobile devices, and cloud services. Smaller vendors will also move up-market and take advantage of unified management, but due to the size and resource limitations, they will remain serving SMB customers, or larger customers on a per use case basis."





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