Security main driver for desktop virtualization deployments, study finds

Monday, December 26, 2011

Demand for desktop virtualization is set to keep growing over the next two years, according to a market study commissioned by US enterprise access solutions provider Citrix Systems (Nasdaq: CTXS).

According to the study, 55% of the surveyed companies are expected to roll out new desktop virtualization deployments for the first time by 2013, 86% of which will be driven by security issues.

The main factors driving these deployments include secure access for mobile and user owned devices, increased app and data security, business agility for an increasingly mobile workforce, and simplified risk management.

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Of the senior IT decision makers that will have desktop virtualization in place at end-2013, 95% believe it is very effective at protecting information while providing workers with fast and effective access to the information they require. Nearly 97% said that they expect desktop virtualization to help their organization respond to new and emerging security threats.

At a device level, 74% of senior IT decision makers envisage using desktop virtualization to instantly update an entire enterprise's network of PC and computing devices.

Compliance requirements are also a key driver to adoption, according to the study, with 61% citing access management and 53% citing activity monitoring, logging and reporting as important capabilities delivered by desktop virtualization.

The study was conducted across 11 countries worldwide including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.