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VMware pushes for a world without desktops

Jack Loo | Nov. 10, 2011
VMware also unveils results from a Forrester Research cloud adoption survey.

VMware laid out its vision for desktop virtualisation where there are no desktops and users can access any application from any device at its vForum event in Singapore yesterday.

"This is the post-PC era, the beginning of the end for the desktops," said Steve Herrod, CTO and SVP of R&D, VMware, in his keynote address, echoing what CEO Paul Maritz first said at the VMworld event in Las Vegas.

Herrod showcased a number of upcoming systems including one codenamed Project Horizon, a "broker for technologies" including desktop and application management, and running data delivery services, ultimately controlling user access to applications.

Another one in the works is Thin App Factory, a catalog that serves out applications, but automates processes such as files and registry changes. Project Octopus handles data delivery enabling users to access files from any device in a secure way, while Project AppBlast provides delivery of applications to any device supporting HTML5, including iPads.

"The world we are heading is where users can have any application for any device," said Herrod.

VMware has been keen to push desktop virtualisation, in markets such as Singapore, South Korea and Japan where server virtualisation has reached maturity. "We see significant demand for desktop virtualisation in the region," said Ed Lenta, General Manager, VMware ASEAN. He pointed out that finance, government and education verticals are leading the adoption of desktop virtualisation.

One example is Singapore's Temasek Polytechnic -- its 1,500 users make it the largest deployment in the ASEAN region.

Cloud maturity

Meanwhile, Forrester Research unveiled findings from its Annual Cloud Maturity Index at vForum, a study sponsored by VMware.

Focused on tracking cloud computing awareness and adoption trends in Asia Pacific and Japan, the survey saw some 6000 respondents from countries like China, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. The index is in its second year.

One key finding is that cloud adoption is maintaining its momentum, 64 per cent of the respondents are either using or planning cloud initiatives, up from 59 per cent last year.

"Even when IT budgets are being frozen, and amid fears of another economic downturn, there are no signs that indicate cloud adoption is slowing down," said Michael Barnes, vice president and research director, Forrester Research.

For Singapore, cloud adoption is steadily rising, with 63 per cent of local organisations stating that they have such initiatives in place, up from 53 per cent in 2010. VMware's Lenta added that government-led cloud initiatives from regulatory body Infocomm Development Authority is likely to encourage more cloud activities in Singapore.

Concerns over data privacy and residency has become the top issue for respondents at the regional level, replacing 2010's top challenge which is security -- a sign that cloud computing is maturing in the region, said Barnes. 



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