VMware today revealed in a report conducted by Spiceworks that for a second year in a row, VMware Horizon View is the desktop virtualization solution deployed by SMBs. In addition, the study showed that VDI adoption trends among SMBs have remained steady during the last year, with end-user security and compliance continuing to be the biggest challenges for IT.
"The study shows that VMware virtual desktops are preferred over Citrix by SMBs that have deployed VDI by an almost 2-to-1 margin," said Mason Uyeda, senior director, technical marketing, End-User Computing, VMware.
Based on Spiceworks’ MarketView data of companies who are deploying a VDI solution, during the past year, VMware Horizon View remains the top choice with the number of VDI agents deployed increasing from 53 percent in December 2011 to 57 percent in February 2013. The three leading VDI solutions found among SMBs were VMware Horizon View (57 percent), Citrix Virtual Desktop (31 percent) and NComputing vSpace Client (6 percent).
“As the findings of this report highlight, VDI technologies once reserved for the enterprise are making their way to the SMB,” said Kathryn Pribish, voice of IT program manager at Spiceworks. “Virtual desktop acquisition costs are declining, giving SMBs the opportunity take advantage of the benefits associated with VDI, including streamlined management, lower operating costs and high availability. This trend bodes well for VDI providers and the IT departments implementing the latest technologies.”
The report also revealed that IT service providers, government, finance, education and health care industries were leading the charge in implementing VDI. The top two reasons for implementing VDI were unchanged from the year before – streamlining IT administration and management, and cutting operational costs. Similar to last year’s report, a large majority of organizations – 90 percent – still prefer an on-premise solution compared to a hosted virtual desktop.