VDI Trends 2016: Continuous Change Drives the Agile Workspace
Let me start off by saying 2016 is going to be an incredibly exciting year for VDI and for Login VSI customers. While the VDI market continued to grow in 2015 there were also many growing trends that we know will catalyze opportunities. The innovation and technology adoption pace continues to accelerate which will bring about a corresponding change in the enterprise agile workspace, and these changes will come about more rapidly than ever. This is why Login VSI is dedicated to help our customers and the VDI market find great success in driving continuous change and improvement. Whether you are a vendor, enterprise or service provider, we are here to help you drive VDI, LIKE A PRO.
Last year was particularly exciting for us for a number of reasons. First, Login VSI hit a milestone of over 1,000,000 virtual users licensed. We saw a big ramp up in enterprise business adoption which validates the importance of both capacity testing and change analysis.
Second, we introduced Login PI, which provides real-world performance insights on virtual desktops as they are running in production. This gives our customers the ability to not only get insights about performance , sizing prior to deployment and the impact of change (Login VSI), but also monitor the performance and availability of the user experience for critical desktop applications after deployment.
Lastly, we are very excited about Windows 10 for the enterprise. Team VRC has done a number of performance studies using Login VSI to determine the impact of Windows 10 within the hosted desktop market; the insights from this will continue to drive customer success as they look to adopt technology advancements with this platform.
As we look ahead into 2016 there will be a number of trends that will also cause the VDI market to burgeon. We know that VDI implementations can be rather complex and we watched the hyperconverged market take off last year as enterprises and cloud service providers saw the benefit of this simplified and high-power, modular approach in the datacenter. Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) have also become a hot topic in the VDI industry.
Over the last few years, flash-enabled storage has cleared many of the performance bottlenecks with VDI, shifting this bottleneck back to the host. When coupled with the already high demand for compute power, GPUs are adding the ability to enable an extremely rich set of processing power that enables high demand CAD, 3D modeling, HTML 5 and rich-media office productivity tools. This really highlights a shift towards a highly mobile and agile workspace driven by the users, not just the capabilities of the datacenter.
With the plethora of mobile devices becoming pervasive, businesses are now being driven to deliver the agile workspace to the users, and the latest technology these users are adopting only drives an even faster pace of change.
As we set our sights beyond 2016, through 2020 this pace of change will only increase and the complexity that comes with this changes will be proportional. Eventually this rate of change will cause enterprises to consider a choice between hosting their desktops and applications themselves, or moving to the cloud in order to keep up with the innovation that enables more flexibility, productivity, revenue and success. We believe that while the Desktop as a Service (DaaS) only begins to take hold this year, that moving forward this will be a standard in the industry for VDI.
Considering the exciting changes in the market this year, let’s focus on what Login VSI has seen taking place with some of or leading-edge enterprises. Last year we introduced the topic of the VDI Lifecycle, which is inspired by these #VLAP customers. Basically, the VDI Lifecycle represents a DevOps methodology for continuous development of the virtual desktop and hosted applications. In this model our customers are using Login VSI to gain insight about the changes they are about to make to their production workspaces. This helps to address the nature of the complex environments and the exposure of risk when something in that solution changes.
Take for example something as small as an application patch, or as large as a transition to Windows 10 from Windows 7. Once the development of these changes is complete and the business is assured the production rollout will be a success, then Login PI is used to provide that initial customer feedback that starts to drive further optimizations and better end-user experience. The great thing about Login PI is that this initial end-user feedback comes from our virtual users, immediately after deployment and during standard operations. Whether you are adopting, on-premises, hybrid, or cloud approaches, Login VSI is there to ensure the success of these workspaces and safeguard the end-user experience.