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Top 5 quotes of 2012: Desktop virtualization pros say what?

IT pros say the darndest things.

In 2012, there was a lot of talk about VDI adoption, vendor acquisitions, the consumerization of IT and more. The best quotes of the year include some juicy tidbits from desktop virtualization pros, vendor execs and cloud service providers. Here's what they had to say:

"It's basically like driving a clunker car into the ground until it falls apart and won't run anymore."
Darren Schoen, director of technology infrastructure, Broward Center for Performing Arts

Pano Logic customers were left in the dark when the small VDI vendor suddenly went out of business in October. For Schoen, the company's Pano Device is now a clunker car -- useless to keep running for much longer because support probably won't continue. Schoen added that the situation has made him consider major vendors rather than invest in startups.

"VDI does not mitigate all risks of using mobile devices in the enterprise, but it does mitigate much of the risk."
Rick Varju, director of engineering and operations, Foley & Lardner LLP

IT admins were faced with an inundation of mobile devices in the enterprise this year, and desktop virtualization presents one way to deliver corporate applications to those endpoints. VMware boosted its end-user computing game by releasing View 5.1 and announcing Horizon Suite in 2012, but concerns about using VDI with BYOD persisted because Windows desktops and apps aren't exactly made for tablet or smartphone use.

"I will build a platform just like OnLive's to challenge Microsoft. If [Microsoft files] a lawsuit, fine."
Guise Bule, CEO of tuCloud

Desktop as a Service providers such as tuCloud were up in arms when OnLive got away with its free Windows desktop app. The cloud app violated Microsoft's licensing policies, and OnLive eventually complied. Providers remain frustrated, however, that Microsoft doesn't make it easy for them to offer cloud-hosted desktops.

"We are going to try to capitalize on any disruptions that the acquisitions may cause."
Jeff Groudan, director of thin clients, Hewlett-Packard

Dell and HP tried to one-up each other this year with new thin and zero client offerings. While Dell was busy buying Wyse Technologies and Quest Software, HP hoped to gain traction with its low-power zero client. HP knows a thing or two about integrating such acquisitions because it bought Neoware clients a few years ago.

"If the client device has ever walked into Starbucks, can you ever trust it again?"
Simon Crosby, co-founder, Bromium, Inc.

Former Citrix CTO Simon Crosby co-founded Bromium to take desktop security in a new direction. A lot of people are building private clouds because "enterprise IT likes VMware," he said, but even the private cloud can present security risks -- enter Starbucks' unsecured Wi-Fi network. To alleviate those threats, Bromium's vSentry uses micro-virtualization to contain disk image changes and streamline virtual machine file management.


This was first published in December 2012

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