What VMworld Taught Me About BYOPC

So, yes, I am late on putting my quick thoughts together about walking the showroom floor at VMworld, but better late then never, right? Anyway, VMworld definitely had a BYOPC buzz this year – VMware refers to it as “Employee-owned IT.” While I disagree with the name (because the overall enterprise computing environment will still be owned, managed, and secured by the IT department), VMware — and many of the showcasing vendors — are all talking about a world where IT no longer owns the physical asset that employees use to get their work done.

So how will they do it? VMware promotes local desktop virtualization as a means for giving a non-corporate asset and managed environment – Moka Five boasts similar functionally based on VMware technology. Then there are vendors like Ring Cube that look at BYOPC as a way to virtually turn the non-corporate PC into a managed environment during the work day. Citrix, on the other hand, believes that BYOPC is made possible by a virtualization stack that delivers hosted desktops or apps (apps can be delivered locally as needed).

Regardless, VMworld made it clear that vendors are trying to find where they fit in a BYOPC world, yet the underpinnings of this world will be virtualization.


One Response to What VMworld Taught Me About BYOPC

  1. We have applied our existing Thin Desktop technology to existing technologies (VMware Workstation and / or Player for MS. VMware Fusion for Mac, or Parallels for Mac). The creation, deployment and management is simple, effective and inexpensive – and achieved using existing tools and methods…. Cool stuff.

    We had a Mac up and running in 10 minutes with either Fusion or Parallels. MS based PC in about 15 minutes after creating the WS image and deploying the player version to the PC. Full VMware WS took a bit longer and is more expensive, but very fast and allows for added features if required!!

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