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BYOD and XP end of life drive desktop virtualisation

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As Microsoft winds down the support for XP, and increasing number of employees own and rely on smart phones, tablets and netbooks organisations have new challenges in their desktop virtualisation strategies, writes Linda Endersby.

According to a survey vt Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dimension Data two thirds of businesses have already experienced demand from staff for 'Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) strategies.

But despite that the number of UK firms that are offering support for employee owned devices hovers around 8% but 31% are planning to do so in the next couple of years and half said that they saw improved self-service as a primary reason for supporting employee-owned devices, while 47% were attracted by lower purchase costs as a key driver for embracing BYOD.

"While most BYOD policies are in the early stages of implementation, the research indicates that growing employee interest is pushing organisations to think differently." said Ettienne Reinecke, Dimension Data's CTO.

Reinecke cautions organisations that view BYOD policies as purely an IT responsibility:  "As organisations look to enable employees to use their own devices, there will be an impact on other people and corporate process issues such as policies, legal liability, human resources, and training and support."

Meanwhile almost half of global respondents said they had definite projects to migrate to Windows 7, but in the UK only a third agreed.

Only 6% of UK businesses plan to migrate in the next year, compared to 17% globally and 33% of British firms are prioritising desktop and application virtualisation over their windows 7 upgrade.

A portion, around 15%, are deliberately coinciding their investments in Windows 7 and desktop virtualisation

"While the research indicates that the major drivers behind desktop virtualisation are cost reduction and security, 47% of participants said that they recognised that applications virtualisation will help them to migrate to Windows 7.  To reduce complexity, organisations would do well to tie virtualisation investments into their Windows 7 migration plan," Reinecke said.

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