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Desktop Virtualization Gains Momentum

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More enterprise resellers say that interest is high in moving to virtual desktop infrastructure. Research firm Jefferies & Co. reports the growing interest just months after VMware has released its VMware View 4 which includes PC-over-IP capabilities, joining a field of a handful of desktop virtualization solutions on the market, including ones from Citrix.

VMware, which makes a hypervisor that is present in most of the world's largest IT systems and which will reveal its quarterly numbers April 20, is certainly a leading figure in the virtualization software business.

However, other market indicators are coming to the fore, and most of them are pointing to one very clear trend: Virtual desktops are picking up momentum in replacing conventional client/server desktops.

Jefferies & Co. came out with some virtualization research April 19, reporting that 44 percent of enterprise reseller respondents to its latest survey - the highest figure yet in this category - said they believe there is high interest in virtualizing hundreds or thousands of corporate desktops across an IT system.

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