The industry’s biggest (almost) annual survey has been conducted for 2017, and the responses were overwhelming. These responses have been captured in a report that is available for free at http://www.vdilikeapro.com. The State of the VDI and SBC Union 2017 is truly unique because it’s unbiased, independent, powered by the community and the results are available for everyone—free of charge. The State of the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Server Based Computing (SBC) Union gives valuable insights into real-world deployments, configuration and usage, both on-premises and in public cloud environments, from more than 580 survey responses.
The goal of the survey, executed by Ruben Spruijt, CTO Atlantis Computing, and Mark Plettenberg, Product Manager Login VSI, is to share insights about usage, configuration and trends in the VDI/SBC industry. What I think is impressive, is that ControlUp also provided valuable information on VDI and SBC usage using their anonymous data set of almost one million concurrent users and more than 800 customers. These results combined with VDILikeAPro information are available in the full report.
The 2017 survey shows that trends are clearly changing. Since the last report was published in 2015, is is evident that there is a stronger focus on application remoting in public cloud scenarios: with what looks to be a small decline in the number of new VDI environments. Arguably, this can be partly explained by IT-admins from smaller environments showing more interest in DaaS. Providing DaaS, anywhere access, centralized management and flexible working are the key drivers for VDI usage. While SBC was much more focused on cost-reduction, customers chose other reasons to use VDI.
From the results, it looks like many respondents are also evaluating Windows 10 in VDI, both on-premise and in a public cloud. It'd be fair to say Windows 10 could well be a key driver for stronger VDI adoption while organizations are also increasing their focus on security.
All this and more is included in the report providing valuable insight into where the industry is going, helping you make choices for your environment going forward. You can find out all the detail by downloading the free report - State of the VDI and SBC Union 2017