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CIO Summit 2012 Malaysia: Virtualisation Asia—A Status Report

F.Y. Teng | Sept. 5, 2012
What is the next virtualisation "frontier"? Here are some ideas.

Nabeel Youakim, Vice President, Asia Pacific Products & Microsoft Alliance, Citrix

 This interview appears as a lead up to our CIO Summit 2012 in Malaysia on September 6, 2012. Nabeel Youakim, Vice President, Asia Pacific Products & Microsoft Alliance, Citrix, will be providing delegates with updates on the Virtualisation "frontier"; here he gives us a status report on organisations in some geographies in Asia, and where virtualisation is currently expected to deliver more value to deploying organisations.

Where is virtualisation today-how far has it gone into the Asian enterprise, and what is the next "frontier?"
Youakim: As we talk about virtualisation we need to discuss the various forms of virtualisation Asian customer are using today-specifically server virtualisation and desktop virtualisation.

According to Forrester Research, the server virtualisation market has matured and enterprise adoption is high. Today, enterprises globally and across Asia are considering multiple virtualisation solutions. Users are no longer looking for generic platforms for consolidation, but rather virtualisation solutions that best match their application needs. In the server virtualisation market, we are now seeing customers looking at having more than one vendor depending on the application workload. We see both Hyper-V and XenServer being adopted by many Asian customers.

Moving on to desktop virtualisation, the desktop virtualisation market in Asia has experienced increased interest in the last few years. This is in part due to the growing need to ensure control and data security amidst the proliferation of consumer devices. According to the Security Index, a Citrix-commissioned global market study released last year, 55 percent of the companies surveyed expect to roll out new desktop virtualisation deployments by 2013, with 86 percent citing security as a primary driver. As such, even as the market is still developing, Citrix foresees desktop virtualisation adoption to move forward at a rapid pace.

While security and accessibility are important to users, the next frontier of desktop virtualisation is in ensuring a personalised, end-user experience. For example, the latest version of Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 provides end-users with the flexibility to install their own applications, data and personalised settings. IT can still maintain a one-to-many control over the desktop images, while employees are able to preserve the personalisation of user applications and data. XenDesktop 5.6 is also able to optimise users' experience by delivering high-quality voice, video and multimedia while reducing bandwidth and server-side rendering to drive down the cost of deployment. The deployment of desktops is also moving from device-centric management towards user-centric private clouds, where desktops and applications can be delivered as a service, on-demand.

Talk about values to be gained from virtualisation beyond the operational.
With the proliferation of consumer devices in the workplace, the current volatile economy and a need for 24/7 response, organisations today yearn for greater mobility and flexibility in the workplace and in the way they do business. More than just the operational benefits and cost savings, desktop virtualisation enhances user productivity, business agility and continuity. In Indonesia and Malaysia, Citrix sees more customers using desktop virtualisation to overcome networking issues such as poor bandwidth and branch deployment. Companies looking to enable new business models and improve end user mobility are also increasingly turning to both application virtualisation and desktop virtualisation.


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