Sohini Bagchi

Mumbai, July 24: Earlier there was a lot of hesitation in adoption of desktop virtualization (DV), the advent of newer technologies such as Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), now there is an increased confidence in the enterprise to deploy DV. With the help of DV, CIOs are not only increasing efficiency and saving costs, but are empowering their workforce to be productive.

Parag Arora

Talking about this shift, Parag Arora–Area Vice President and Country Head, India Sub continent, Citrix, said, “The primary reason that is making this shift possible is that most enterprises are actively discussing, planning or implementing the transition from desktop to workspaces. They understand that the landscape is becoming more complex fuelled by an increasing set of diverse applications across various devices with varied form factors. Simultaneously CIOs are trying to simplify and secure the enormous volume of the data being shared across these devices. This not a question of adoption but a much larger focus on creating workspaces, encompassing everything from storage to servers and Graphic Processing Units (GPU) rendering to other platforms

DV has gradually become a mainstream enterprise technology that has the potential to replace traditional desktops and offer more usability to the users and the IT team. As compared to physical desktop infrastructure, the benefits of desktop virtualization are manifold – user flexibility to use any device, anytime, anywhere while IT team can centrally manage the systems without compromising security. Earlier, DV was perceived as a niche or high-end technology which was beyond the reach of most companies, mainly due to its pricing structure.

Citrix has constantly innovated with XenDesktop, its own desktop virtualization solution by combining granular controls with an uncompromised user experience. The biggest milestones is Citrix’s revamped offering, making DV available at a cost comparable to that of physical desktops and this could remove a huge bottleneck in its adoption which will encourage companies of all sizes across various sectors to shift to DV. Likewise, it was important to offer a service-based approach to DV which will help businesses get the better solution at an economical cost.

“We have recently announced products and tools to help Microsoft customers accelerate the adoption of Windows 10 and simplify migrations to the new operating system. As employees bring the new personal Windows 10 laptops and tablets into the workplace, they may have trouble accessing core Windows business applications. Citrix app and desktop virtualization software and migration tools will ensure that partners and IT organizations can deliver immediate access to core business applications on new Windows 10 PCs and tablets, simplify the rollout of Windows 10 desktops and streamline the business app migration process,” he said.

DV as a technology is seeing mainstream adoption across all sectors of the economy. Citrix has deployed desktop virtualization solutions across multiple sectors including BFSI, IT and ITes, telecom, healthcare, manufacturing retail and many more. Some of the big names include Future Group, Essar Group, Thermax and Ratnakar Bank, to name a

“Going forward, more and more companies will opt for desktop virtualization, and in many cases it will replace traditional desktop infrastructure. It is likely that we will see a surge in DV adoption across the Indian market over the next few years,” concluded Arora.