The Hype about Desktop Virtualization

Sitting in Phoenix Airport with no WiFi so why not write a post. Just finished up an excellent CIO Summit put on by INX. I always find it valuable to attend CIO summits typically driven by key technology vendors. This summit was excellent for gauging where I stand with respect to our IT services compared to the corporate sector. The focus of the summit was virtualization, cloud computing and leveraging social networking. An excellent keynote from Erik Qualman, author of “Socialnomics” reminded us how important it is to understand the effect social networks have on our customer’s decision process. Also, Carlos Dominguez, Cisco, reconfirmed this, especially pressing the value of Twitter for news and research. It was interesting that half of the CIOs present do not use Twitter. We also were treated to an excellent talk by Morten Hansen, Author of “Collaboration”.

One of the key themes from the sponsoring vendors was desktop virtualization, VDI. Most all of the entities represented are well into server virtualization but the desktop is obviously the next problem/opportunity that the INX partners would like for us to be more concerned about, and most are. I was actually looking forward to checking into this more as well. I have not been able to justify an ROI for virtualizing my desktops so I was interested to find out why it is such a hot topic. Turns out the issue is primarily based on reducing the cost and complexity for supporting a Microsoft Windows desktop environment. That is why it did not catch my eye, you see, we have been moving toward a browser based computing environment with little or no critical dependance upon any desktop clients. This has been partly due to strategic moves such being primarily on Apple through the university, going with PeopleSoft and leveraging Google enterprise resources. I am now motivated to find out just how dependent we may be on desktop clients. Sure does make the adoption of ChromeComputing look a lot smarter then VDI.

About ghsmith76

Greg Smith is currently the Interim CIO at Western Washington University. Prior to WWU Greg was the CIO at Missouri S&T, and before that the CIO for George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Greg went to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis, IN. where he served as the Director of IT for 8 years. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard primarily with the Analytical Group working out of San Francisco,Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Greg's passion as a CIO in Higher Education comes from his belief that Technology can benefit Teaching & Learning.

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