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.