Desktop virtualisation sales doubling each year – Citrix research


5 Oct 2010

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According to Citrix’s European IT VARS, integrators and converged resellers, enterprise-wide desktop virtualisation sales are doubling every year.

Citrix surveyed more than 20pc of its solutions providers across Europe.

“New research shows that Citrix solution providers are experiencing a compound annual growth rate of 99pc from 2008 to 2012,” says Niall Gilmore, country manager at Citrix Ireland.

“At a time of economic uncertainty, desktop virtualisation is one of the few technologies that are exciting the market, largely due to the overall costs savings and substantial efficiencies it brings to both the IT department and an organisation as a whole.”

The research was commissioned by Citrix and was announced at Citrix Summit 2010.

It shows that European Citrix solutions providers reported 375 enterprise-wide desktop virtualisation deployments in 2008 rising to 1,555 in 2010.

Providers anticipated deployments in 2011 to be 2,801 and would reach 5,876 in 2012.

The solutions providers also said they have saved around 20pc based on what they have already deployed and predict that these savings will rise to 35pc by 2014.

“These are enterprise-wide desktop virtualisation deployments, not just a department using virtual desktop infrastructure,” said Gilmore.

“As you’d imagine, enterprise-wide desktop virtualisation means using a selection of virtualisation technologies to support different types of workers in appropriate way,” he said.

According to resellers in Europe, the demand for desktop virtualisation is being driven by the reduced total cost of ownership it delivers through centralised control of an enterprise’s entire suite of PCs.

The main benefits that end-user companies are looking for is faster desktop deployment, easier desktop migration and support for new working practices, such as remote, home and mobile working.

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