In an informal poll of readers on virtualization-centric site Virtualization Review, 193 readers (to date) cast their votes on their "primary virtualization concern in 2008." That virtualization of servers would come out tops is a no-brainer, and forget about the 11% who are still struggling to understand virtualization.
What I found intriguing was the high proportion of votes cast under "PCs." At the moment, desktop virtualization involves packaging an entire operating system into a virtual machine container, which is normally hosted in the data center. The result is streamlined desktop management that also happens to be a trivial matter to back up for business continuity and disaster recovery purpose.
Unlike server consolidation which has a pretty clear ROI, the case for desktop virtualization remains somewhat elusive. It remains to be seen whether it will take off.
Have you tried out PC or desktop virtualization yet?
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.