Desktop Virtualization: Seize Your Opportunity

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    Sharon Linsenbach

    | Posted 2009-06-10
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'Do more with less' is the new corporate mantra in today's turbulent economic climate. While virtualization has reduced the need for server and storage hardware, leading to the first storage-industry slowdown in over two years, desktop virtualization is poised to breathe new life into both the traditional desktop PC market and thin-client PC and laptop vendors.Research firm DisplaySearch believes that low-powered, low-cost netbooks will grow at more than 65 percent year-over-year to more than 27 million units in 2009, while the traditional notebook PC market will expand at about 3 percent to 133 million units during the same timeframe.For solution providers, there's incredible potential for those that already have an existing server and/or storage virtualization practice or even for VARs just getting started in the space. Here are the major players.

Virtualization-already transforming servers and storage-is ready for the desktop. Several vendors are pushing their desktop virtualization technology, creating new opportunities to optimize user productivity while decreasing operational support and maintenance. Here's a look at these vendors and their technologies.

Sharon Linsenbach Sharon Linsenbach is a staff writer for eWEEK and eWEEK Channel Insider. Prior to joining Ziff Davis, Sharon was Assistant Managing Editor for CRN, a weekly magazine for PC and technology resellers. Before joining CRN, Sharon was an Acquisitions Editor for The Coriolis Group and later, Editorial Director with Paraglyph Press, both in Scottsdale, AZ. She holds a BA in English from Drew University and lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her significant other and two neurotic cats. When she's not reading or writing about technology, Sharon enjoys yoga, knitting, traveling and live music. Sharon can be reached at Sharon.Linsenbach@ziffdavisenterprise.com.

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