Survey shows fear may be keeping users from virtual desktops

Lack of experience causes some to overestimate obstacles


End-user organizations in the U.S., U.K. and elsewhere are avoiding desktop virtualization partly because they perceive it as being more difficult and complex than it is – if you can believe a survey carried out online, sponsored by a vendor and containing far too few responses to be statistically significant.

The survey is from U.K.-based tabloid TheRegister (tagline: Biting the hand that feeds IT) and was sponsored by Microsoft.

Respondents came from no single geographical region, selected themselves as representative of all the other IT people out there by filling out the survey online, and only totaled 192 separate responses.

If you paid attention during statistics class in college you've already stopped paying attention to this. For the rest of you (and me, who also didn't pay much attention during stats), the survey doesn't answer any questions for sure, but does raise at least one interesting one.

Why did the graphics people at the external service bureau TheRegister hired make the graphics so damn hard to read?

The less immediate question is whether end-user companies really do avoid desktop virtualization because they think it's too complicated.

The writeup includes the usual reasons virtual desktops should have been the thing in the IT world during 2010: the ramp-up to wide adoption of Windows 7 during a recession that kept many organizations from adding hardware powerful enough to run it; budgets that continued to get slimmer without slacking any of the support requirements that eat so much of them; and increasing push by end users to use non-standard devices such as tablets and smartphones without losing access to any of their data or applications.

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