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Desktop virtualization: Vendors fight but users still happy

Kevin Fogarty | Nov. 17, 2010
There is so much competition for what computer companies perceive as a tremendous growth opportunity in desktop virtualization that the leading virtual desktop vendors have taken to re-announcing packages and products to highlight small improvements and garner some attention.

Cloud computing is growing far more quickly than desktop virtualization, Hurley says. The high-capacity, low-latency networks that support high-performing cloud-based applications meet most of the same specifications needed to support virtual desktops.

"Once you get beyond a three-tier network for WAN/SAN/LAN to a fabric-based network you have an environment with much greater flexibility and more data running across it and can do a lot more than you could in a dual or single-tier network," Hurley says. "We're just starting to build up a business in desktop, but we expect it to grow pretty quickly as well [as the faster growth in cloud computing]."


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