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Chris Wolf
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6 years at Gartner
19 years IT industry

Chris Wolf is a Research Vice President for the Gartner for Technical Professionals research team. He covers server and client virtualization and private cloud computing. Read Full Bio

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The Rumble in the Jungle–Debating the Necessity of Virtual Desktops

by Chris Wolf  |  June 5, 2013  |  1 Comment

This year’s Gartner Catalyst conference is shaping up to be a memorable event. Catalyst has always been known for cutting edge sessions and this year is no different. Some of you may recall the Thrilla in California in which Citrix’s Simon Crosby debated VMware’s Scott Drummonds. The full debate was made available online and generated over 4,000 views in the first three days. Numerous bloggers weighed in, and this short post really captured how Simon and Scott felt about each other following the debate.

This year Simon is back with a new challenger – our very own Gunnar Berger. We also have VDI guru Ruben Spruijt onboard as the moderator.
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The point of the debate is simple – should you even bother with VDI? Is it worth the expense and effort, or not? It’s a pressing question that many want answered and we aim to do it in what I hope will be an entertaining and informative way.

Here’s the full session description. We hope to see you there!

The Rumble in the Jungle — Debating the Necessity of Virtual Desktops

Organizations are transitioning to a Web and mobile world, yet many are investing in virtual desktop technology. Others question if the technology is worth the expense and effort. This hard-hitting debate aims to answer the question of whether or not organizations should invest in virtual desktops or if their IT dollars are better spent elsewhere. Key questions answered in the debate include:

  • Are virtual desktops really worth the expense and effort?
  • What use cases make sense for virtual desktops?
  • If virtual desktops are not the answer, then what is?

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  • 1 Gabe Carrejo   June 6, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    It doesn’t necessarily have to be about the traditional thinking of virtual desktops (remote access to a datacenter) for all use cases, many companies are just wanting to bring instant mobility to an existing desktop image with all the great user expereince benefits that the hosted desktop market demanded, but with none of the complexity or expense.

    http://blogs.citrix.com/2013/05/22/remote-desktop-mobility-with-remote-pc-access-in-xendesktop-7/

    Later, when they the time is right (budget, user acceptance, technology integration, exectutive sponsorship), these companies transition the apps and personlization and create an image management/delivery solution, which all can be addressed in a phased manner. At their pace.