Vanilla ice cream for everybody?

We are well into 2010. For the most part, I continue to read the same old blogs, analyst coverage, tweets and so called experts debating how VDI will/will not solve world hunger with a good toping of circular debates on the pros and cons of user installed apps and pundits predicting VDI adoption rates. I’m fully anticipating many to sharpen their pencils and scribble stories that too often fail to understand the broader needs and get to the heart of the debate.

Let’s be pragmatic and step back to reality for just a second. VDI alone is not the silver bullet that will solve all problems for every user and all use cases. There will never be that one silver bullet…. so let’s see through marketing hype and think a little more holistically about what we’re trying to accomplish with desktop and application delivery. Here are some considerations:

Delivery strategies will vary widely between customer organizations depending upon:

Distribution of user populations — from knowledge to task workers.

Mix of applications — between personal, legacy, client-server and web-based.

Relative importance/impact of IT to/on business success — from providing a ‘commodity’ corporate service at lowest cost to cutting edge strategic services that drive profitability, growth and new business models.

Philosophical and organizational polarity of IT leadership — from in-sourcing to outsourcing; and from centralized management to distributed governance.

Financial — goals ranging from capital preservation to operating expense reduction; from single-year budget focused to multi-year business modeling.

This is real life. And to stand any real world chance to drive broad adoption of desktop virtualization across the industry, flexible options are needed to address a plethora of use cases in highly differentiated organizations. That’s why XenDesktop 4 was realized at Citrix. We understood that Vanilla ice cream is not for everybody, but it’s now time for many more people to wake up and have the right conversation around desktop virtualization.