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?