Bye bye VDI? See you, EUC? Was 2013 was the LAST year of VDI?

rip-tombstone-hiIn my skim across the interwebs today, especially seeing how BASF in Germany are deploying 112,000 employees on Office 365 in the cloud, a thought struck me: has VDI had it’s day?  Some of us have been doing it for over 10 years.  TEN YEARS.  It has always been a hack to solve a number of problems caused by people trying to use Microsoft Windows and Windows-based applications in scenarios that are very un-Personal Computer.  Windows was designed to be installed locally and accesses locally.  Let’s not go into all the whys-and-wherefores of VDI, that’s old history.

Consider this piece as a tapas food for thought.  I’m not presenting deep research, but I am seeking to kick off a meme….

We have a maturing kid on the block, called Cloud, and it might just shove VDI (or End User Compute, or whatever marketing name you want) to the side.  Why?  Because it solves the original problem!  You run your apps, data, identities and everything else in a cloud (public, partner, private, or combo) and then just give a nice dumb connection to that cloud… or a rich one even… but you don’t need all the VDI expense in between.

What you need these days is a cloud back end (like BASF chose Microsoft Office 365) and then access management with things variously named as Enterprise Mobility Management.  But you don’t need all the VDI/EUC fat in your DC.  That massive VDI-optimised Vblock / FlexPod or whatever Storage device it is… Monday morning boot storms etc… gone.

Cloud and Mobility is removing the love handles of IT, and that is great news for customers!

This has huge implications for the industry that have developed solutions to solve the problems that VDI/EUC created (yes, like coding when you fix a bit of code you create more problems, well the VDI/EUC solution created further problems in identity, storage, network and more).  Any company that has VDI or EUC as a core revenue strategy might be a worry, but I’m sure they have smart enough people to have avoided the cloud iceberg that is about to sink their VDI/EUC Titanic.

It’s worth doing a little more digging on this…. see what the community thinks…