Survey shows fear may be keeping users from virtual desktops

Lack of experience causes some to overestimate obstacles

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But a two-to-one margin on how hesitant a company should be to try a new technology, based on a lack of practical knowledge of how complex it could be?

I'm hoping that's an artifact of the survey method or self-selected population or just annoyance at the habit of Citrix (especially) and VMware and Microsoft and the rest of them to tell even experienced IT people they can have virtual desktops any way they want them, you just tell us what you want.

That doesn't help. What helps is a few recommendations, not a blanket assurance you can put a virtual client on any device that will carry an electrical charge.

If the survey is accurate, the vendors need to ramp down the hype a little and focus on education. And the IT people who responded need to study a little so they can give a decent answer when the CEO asks about whether VDI really is as miraculous as the airline magazine made it sound.

Making the right choice on virtual desktops isn't going to make or break your company or your career. Not knowing whether to make the choice or not? That's just failing to pay attention.

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.

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