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October 2011 Volume 10

CIOs sell enterprise desktop virtualization with mobility

Blame it on the iPad -- and on the millions of other mobile devices in the hands of workers as they go about their jobs. Statistics are hard to come by, but mobility just might be the killer use case for virtualizing the desktop, according to CIOs and industry experts. The growing appetite for using smartphones and tablets to access desktops remotely -- even if only in a pinch and only for limited use -- appears to be accelerating deployments of enterprise desktop virtualization. More on enterprise desktop virtualization Desktop virtualization deployment strategies and challenges Desktop virtualization now being pushed by the business, not by IT Choice trumps IT standardization in CIO's mobile device strategy "I can't quantify it, but there is a link," said David Johnson, senior analyst at Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research Inc. "Mobility is a tipping-point issue for desktop virtualization." Abha Kumar, head of corporate systems integration at The Vanguard Group Inc., understands the connection. The Valley Forge, Pa.-...

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