Global Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market to Grow Rapidly Through 2021, Due to Its Ability to Offer Improved Security and Flexibility to Enterprises: Technavio

LONDON--()--Technavio analysts forecast the global virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) market to grow at a CAGR of more than 11% during the forecast period, according to their latest report.

The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global VDI market for 2017-2021. The report also presents the vendor landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the top four vendors in the market. Furthermore, it outlines the challenges faced by the vendors and the market at large, as well as the key trends emerging in the market.

According to Abhishek Sharma, a lead analyst at Technavio for data center research, “The global VDI market will see rapid growth during the forecast period because of increased adoption by enterprises that prefer the centralized management of desktop systems as opposed to managing hundreds and thousands of individual systems. Moreover, the adoption of VDI solutions enables computing devices to use enterprise applications from remote locations. This enhances employee productivity and reduces the per-seat cost of enterprises.”

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Technavio ICT analysts highlight the following three factors that are contributing to the growth of the global VDI market:

  • Workplace flexibility and business agility
  • Improved security
  • Reduced CAPEX and OPEX

Workplace flexibility and business agility

The IT environment is changing at a rapid pace, as are business needs and demands. Enterprises need to continually evolve and streamline their processes to adapt to these changes. Companies seek smooth workflow irrespective of hindrances, such as time zone barriers and changes in work locations. They also want to ensure secure access to official and confidential data through the personal devices of their workforce.

The VDI environment eliminates the need to manage thousands of individual systems and enables centralized management of resources in enterprise data centers or server rooms. Patches and software updates in VDI can be carried out in a centralized and simplified manner. Other benefits include higher flexibility, simplified backup operations, greater security control and compliance, faster problem resolving capabilities, rapid deployment of virtualized desktop, and application on-demand to any devices.

“VDI also allows organizations to scale up operations quickly and meet new demands related to mobility applications. Workspace flexibility and business agility are the top reasons for VDI adoption among enterprises worldwide,” says Abhishek.

Improved security

In a traditional desktop environment, security is dependent on the software installed on individual desktop units and the firewalls of wide area networks (WANs). In VDI, all images are stored and processed through a centralized data center infrastructure environment. Mobile devices or PCs can be used to access VDI images stored in a server room or data center. Data theft or endpoint data loss can be prevented as the data are not stored on end-user devices. Data can also be secured from threats such as viruses and malware.

VDI deployments can be configured in a manner that data cannot be downloaded to end-user devices, and, therefore, harmful content can be avoided. In VDI deployments, repurposed PCs are converted into thin clients through high-quality software to protect them from viruses and malware. In addition, it is easier to configure firewall policies and antivirus agents on one master image rather than maintaining antivirus for numerous systems.

On-premise deployment of VDI is highly secure compared to cloud-based VDI because the IT administrators have the complete control over the infrastructure hosting VDI. However, CSPs are involved in improving the security of VDI deployments in their cloud platform. This improved security offered by CSPs will trigger higher growth opportunities for VDI in the upcoming years.

Reduced CAPEX and OPEX

The deployment of VDI is cheaper compared with PCs because it aids in the effective utilization of centralized computing capacity. For VDI, desktop hardware can be reused as thin client devices for users that do not require high-end devices. The total cost of ownership (TCO) involved in the use of commercial PCs is roughly USD 1,150. The cost to set up on-premise VDI is around USD 950, and that of cloud-based VDI is around USD 700. Clearly, cloud-based VDI is a cheaper option as it follows a subscription-based model.

In addition, with respect to operating expenditure (OPEX), VDI aids in achieving almost 90% saving in energy consumption in an enterprise office environment. This is because a thin client will consume around 3-5 W compared with PC that can consume up to 100 W of power. In VDI deployment, virtual desktops are hosted in the data center, where many underutilized servers consume more energy. These servers can be turned to host virtual desktops to improve server utilization. In addition, energy-efficient converged infrastructure is available in the market for VDI deployment. There are also additional savings in administration costs.

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The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global VDI market for 2017-2021.


Technavio Research
Jesse Maida
Media & Marketing Executive
US: +1 630 333 9501
UK: +44 208 123 1770