IT managers shop around for PC alternatives

IDC says client virtualisation on the rise

IT managers are shopping around for alternatives to the traditional PC as the economy recovers, an IDC study has found.

The international study found IT managers are “actively deploying” or show an interest in client virtualisation, an alternative to desktop PCs.

Reuben Tan, senior manager at IDC Asia/Pacific domain research group, said the increased demand for virtual desktop deployment could lead to growth in the thin-client market.

“Translating this into projections across a five-year window, IDC expects the thin-client market in APEC (Asia Pacific excluding Japan) to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 30 per cent as a result, versus 8 per cent in the traditional commercial desktop market,” he said in a statement.

In response to the increased interest in desktop virtualisation, Tan said hardware and PC vendors need to focus on the “standardisation of holistic solutions”, but not restrict their solutions to a “one size fits all” model.

“IT managers need to also understand that this is not a ‘one size fits all’ model, and as long as organisations are fully aware of the risks and inherent benefits of client virtualisation, the argument is certainly compelling and the resultant growth in this space will ensue,” he said.

The study also indicates initial spending and reluctance to change remains a challenge for IT companies in replenishing their client infrastructure.

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