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January - 2011 - issue > CEO Spot Light

Desktop Virtualization & Cloud Computing: Building blocks of Nex gen Technology

Rao Cherukun
Monday, January 3, 2011
Rao Cherukun
Desktop Virtualization (DV) is the hottest trend in the field of virtualization. According to industry analysts, the market for DV in 2011 is expected to outpace the market for the hugely successful server virtualization market. DV holds the promise of enabling any user to have their desktop anytime, anywhere, on any device – including mobile devices — without compromising on the user experience. From a corporate perspective, DV dramatically lowers the total cost of ownership as well as power requirements, while enhancing the security and provisioning of corporate desktops.

There is a continued push from customers to reduce Desktop Management costs, support new mobile devices, and at the same time, deliver desktop software on-demand and improve user productivity. The latest trend is to leverage DV and cloud-based delivery models to provide Software as a Service (SaaS) or Desktop as a Service (DaaS).

The challenge for enterprise computing is to deliver legacy and corporate applications to end users with the same level of flexibility and rich user experience as Apple has brought to consumers with its iTunes, iPad and the App Store.

Mobile computing is the future. DV and cloud computing will be the building blocks for delivering secure corporate applications on-demand to a new generation of ultra-thin mobile devices designed for standard desktop applications. One example is Intel’s Mobile Internet Device line running the Atom processor, providing a quantum leap in the utility of mobile computing.

Funding and personnel will always be critical challenges for entrepreneurs. While building an app for a Smartphone does not require much capital, building a product for corporate use is vastly different. Venture capital is not as readily available as it used to be, so entrepreneurs with a great idea for technical innovation must work harder than ever to secure financing capital from a variety of sources. Once initial funding is obtained, the product or service must demonstrate early proof points with successful beta deployments or early customers. And, since no product or service can stand alone, startup companies need to establish meaningful partnerships with an ecosystem of companies that offer complementary technologies and go-to-market capability.

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