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State of the VDI/SBC Union Survey Results

It is done! The industry’s biggest (almost) annual survey has been conducted and the responses were overwhelming. These responses have been captured in a report that is available for free here. The state of the VDI and SBC union 2017 is truly unique because it’s unbiased, independent, powered by the community and the results are available for everyone—free of charge. The state of the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Server Based Computing (SBC) union gives valuable insights into real-world deployments, configuration and usage, both on-premises and in public cloud environments, from more than 580 people who completed the survey.

In total, almost a 1000 people started the survey of which 580 completed the survey in less than 15 minutes. Participants from almost 50 different countries around the globe took part in the survey, with most in the EMEA region. Around 30% of respondents are from North America and 70% from EMEA. The response is captured based on client IP-address. In this document, various filters are being used to receive insights based on various regions as well.

The 2017 survey shows that trends are clearly changing. Since the last report was published in 2015, there is a stronger focus on application remoting in (public) cloud scenarios and a small decline in the number of new VDI environments. This can be partly explained by IT-admins from smaller environments showing more interest in DaaS. Providing DaaS, anywhere access, centralized management and flexible working are the key drivers for VDI usage. While SBC was much more focused on cost-reduction, customers chose other reasons to use VDI.

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